Failures to exercise reasonable care while driving, failing to yield the
right of way, failures to stop at signs, turning left in front of oncoming
traffic, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have been
cited in our weekly posts as being major causes of
motorcycle accidents and motorcyclist fatalities.
experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys also see numerous cases in which excess speed was what caused the motorcycle
crash. You probably are not surprised if you drive routinely; speeding
in endemic on roadways.
There are several reasons why excessive speed causes accidents. First,
roads are specifically designed for certain types of traffic, so going
too fast is sometimes not what the road was designed for. Also, speeding
reduces a driver’s reaction time; one simply cannot react quickly
enough to other road users if driving too fast. Also, it takes more time
and distance to slow a faster moving vehicle.
Did you know that $40.4 billion every year is society’s cost as a
result of speeding related crashes? 30% of all traffic fatalities are
the result of excessive speed. More than a third of teen drivers killed
in accidents were speeding. The statistics go on and on; excessive speed
is a menace to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and motorcyclists alike.
In fact, motorcyclists are twice as likely to die in speed related crashes.
Excessive speed is such a problem, New York is charged with having numerous
regulations addressing the issue. Many of which are found in Article 30,
Section 1180 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Section 1180(a) states, “No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than
is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the
actual and potential hazards then existing”. You might recall from
our earlier posts that this is a restatement of the common law duty of
Section (b) of the same statute states that fifty-five miles per hour is the maximum
speed limit, with a few exceptions allowed (e.g. certain sections of highways).
section 1180(c) regulates speed limits in school zones at certain times of the day; from
7am to 6pm, but alternatives may exist as posted.
Section (e) notes the general principal that drivers should “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 approaching and passing by an emergency situation…”
The list of regulation goes on and on as a testament to the serious of
speed related accidents.
Are you interested in learning more about the common causes of motorcycle
accidents and how they relate to all motorists? Find out more in
our latest article post available by clicking here. Learn more about how rear-end collisions can be catastrophic of a motorists by
reading our blog post here. Also learn why left hand turn accidents are one of the most common and
most dangerous ones in this blog post. In addition, learn why failure to stop at signs and traffic devices can
be very dangerous and deadly, particularly for motorcyclists,
in our blog post yesterday by clicking here.
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