Law enforcement agencies across the United States have been struggling over the years to curb speed-related car accidents. According to statistics reported by USA Today, during the past decade there has been a 23 percent drop in fatal auto accidents involving a failure to use a seat belt and a three percent drop in drunk driving fatalities. So, why have speed-related deaths risen seven percent in that same time period?
Over the past seven years, only two states have increased fines while seven states increased speed limits. Additionally, an official with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) was quoted as saying, “There hasn’t been much done at the state level or the federal level on speeding.”
Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-98, drivers are not only required to obey the posted speed limit, but also to adjust their speed in adverse conditions. All drivers must “drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.”
Victims of speed-related accidents can pursue financial compensation from the at-fault motorist by filing a personal injury claim. In such cases, at-fault drivers can be held accountable for damages such as medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages, and the cost of rehabilitation services.
An experienced Princeton high speed car accident attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein knows how to hold speeding drivers accountable for the damages they cause. We provide no-cost consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone injured in a New Jersey car accident.