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What should you know about speed limits?

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Every driver knows that they should follow the speed limits, but they know little about how those limits are set or why.

Understanding how speed limits are set and what they really mean may help drivers stay safer. There are a few points that you should remember. 

How speed limits are decided

Speed limits are set based on a number of factors, including the fastest speed that’s deemed safe for the condition of the road and its use. Safety has to be a priority, but the movement of traffic also has to be considered. There’s often research that’s done to determine what’s safe. 

Computer models can take road characteristics into account to help experts learn about what challenges motorists might have on the road. The area in which the road is located also has to be considered because you need slower speed limits on residential and faster limits on highways and rural roads. 

Why posted speed limits are a maximum

You must remember that speed limits are the absolute fastest that motorists should drive. If there are any adverse conditions, such as rain or fog, you need to drive slower. It’s always better for drivers to go slower for the sake of safety than to speed in a negligent manner. 

Anyone who’s involved in a crash with a speeding driver might suffer serious injuries. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation from the liable parties. This must be done quickly and should include all the damages you’ve suffered. Once the case is resolved, you can’t go back to ask for more money. 

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