Speeding is when a driver either travels faster than the posted speed limit or faster than is reasonably safe given the roadway and traffic conditions. Motorists who are speeding will have less time to avoid an accident and they have an increased chance of causing serious injuries in the event of a collision. Many serious injury car accidents in Georgia involve at least one motorist who is traveling at an excessive rate of speed.
Under Georgia Code 40-6-181: “The limits specified in this Code section or established as authorized in this article shall be the maximum lawful vehicle speeds, except when a special hazard exists that requires a lower speed.” For example, the speed limit in urban or residential districts and unpaved county roads is 35 miles per hour unless designated otherwise. Highway speed limits in Georgia are either 65 miles per hour or 75 miles per hour depending on whether the highway is inside or outside an urban area with a population of 50,000 or more.
Many roadways have altered speed limit restrictions depending on their design or how safe they are at night. All motorists should adjust to a speed that allows them to safely navigate the roadway. Speeds must be reduced on curving roadways, in congested conditions, and on wet highways. Drivers who are responsible for causing an accident by speeding can be held liable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, hospitalization costs, and other related damages.
Anyone injured in an Atlanta car accident would be well advised to speak with an experienced speeding accident lawyer in Georgia at the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. Please contact us at (404) 995-3955 for a no-cost consultation. We fight hard for the rights of our clients and help ensure that they are fairly compensated for their injuries, damages, and losses.