Auto Accidents Due to Inattention of Speed Limits

Jun 13, 2016 Bus Accidents    Car Accidents    Commercial Vehicle Accidents    Motorcycle Accidents    Ohio Personal Injury    Traffic Accidents    Uncategorized

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Automobile accidents due to inattention on the roadway can take many forms, including wrong-way collisions, rear-end accidents, and running a red light. It is common for drivers to be inattentive to posted speed limits. A person may drive at a higher or lower speed than the given limit, thereby endangering his or her own life and the lives of others.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a driver who was inattentive to speed limits, you’re not alone. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have helped numerous people injured in auto accidents and families who have lost a loved one due to an inattentive driver. Call our Ohio personal injury lawyers today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to find out how we can help you.

Ohio Speeding Laws

Under Ohio law, a person may not operate a motor vehicle at any speed “greater or less than is reasonable or proper” on a given roadway, regardless of whether a speed limit was posted. Because what is reasonable or proper is influenced by roadway conditions, this means a person can be stopped for speeding even in cases where he or she was driving under a speed limit.

Drivers should operate vehicles at established speeds, regardless of whether the limit is posted. These include limits for school zones, roads within municipal corporations, state routes and highways, controlled access highways, expressways, congested freeways, freeways outside of municipal corporations, interstate freeways, and rural freeways. For a complete list of Ohio lawful speed limits, see Ohio Revised Code 4511.21.

How Auto Accidents Occur Due to Inattentive Drivers

Even as Ohio has accepted speed limits set for virtually every road in the state, many drivers aren’t aware of statewide speed limits—or, they simply aren’t paying attention to posted speed limit signs. In these cases, a driver can put his or her own life and the lives of others at risk through inattentiveness.

Common types of auto accidents caused by inattentive drivers include:

  • Slow drivers— Driving under the speed limit can actually put other drivers at risk who are driving at reasonable speeds. Slow drivers often cause rear-end collisions and blocked traffic.
  • Speeding drivers— Those who drive faster than a posted speed limit or faster than is safe given dangerous road conditions are frequent causes of motor vehicle accidents.
  • Unsafe drivers—Because speed limits vary according to what is reasonable or proper given road conditions, those who drive in an unsafe way—such as too fast in snowy conditions or too slow on an interstate—can put other drivers at risk.

How the Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers at KNR Can Help You

Inattentive drivers can cause incredible damage by driving too slow, speeding, and driving in an imprudent manner. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to an inattentive driver, contact one of the skilled Ohio personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today. We have helped countless families recover from and receive compensation for their pains as a result of an inattentive driver. For a free, initial consultation of your case, call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW.

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