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Why might a driver need to go slower than the posted limit?

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Most roads in Oklahoma have a posted speed limit. Those that don’t have one are governed by state law. Contrary to popular belief, a speed limit isn’t the actual speed a person should drive. Some drivers get upset when vehicles are moving even slightly below the speed limit on the road. 

Speed limits are set based on what’s the safest maximum speed for the road during ideal conditions. This means that the speed limit is typically a safe speed to drive if the road is dry, it’s during the day, and the weather conditions are clear. If there are adverse conditions, such as rain or snow, drivers should ignore the speed limit and drive at a slower speed that’s actually safe. 

Why is speeding dangerous?

One of the biggest hazards of speeding is that drivers won’t have adequate time to react to potential issues. There’s also a chance that the design features of the road, such as curves, could be impossible to navigate safely at speeds higher than the speed limit. 

Speeding can also lead to drivers becoming aggressive when they’re driving. They may get perturbed when drivers in front of them are driving slower than them, even if those drivers are following the speed limit. Aggressive driving can also lead to a driver darting between lanes, which increases the chance of being involved in a wreck.

Anyone who’s involved in a crash that occurs because of the negligence of another driver, including one who’s speeding, needs medical attention. If you’re the victim, find out what it takes to get the compensation you need to recover and move forward with your life.