Every driver should recognize that roads have specific speed limits set out b the government to ensure that everyone is traveling at a safe speed for the road and traffic conditions in the area. Following the posted speed limit is essential to keeping everyone on the road safe, however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports1 that speeding plays a role in a whopping 30 percent of all fatal traffic crashes on an annual basis in the United States. In addition, NHTSA statistics indicate that 1,247 people died as a result of speeding in Texas alone in a single year. These staggering statistics should be enough to realize that speeding is a highly dangerous safety violation.
Furthermore, sometimes merely following the posted speed limit is not enough to keep other drivers safe. The Texas traffic safety code2 requires that every driver operates their vehicle at a speed that is “reasonable and prudent under the circumstances” with regard to possible hazards or dangers. This means that under certain circumstances, a driver can violate safety laws even if they are traveling within the posted speed limit.
Weather conditions can play a large role in whether or not you should take additional precautions and drive slower than the posted speed limit. Take the following example:
- The speed limit on a highway is 60 miles per hour.
- A storm hits Dallas, causing slick roads and visibility issues.
- Most traffic automatically slows down to a safer speed.
- One driver continues down the highway at 60 miles an hour, loses control when trying to suddenly brake, and causes a serious crash.
Even though the driver was within the posted speed limit, they may still be found negligent for breaking a safety rule because 60 mph was not “reasonable and prudent” speed in a serious storm.
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