What is Traveling Unreasonably Fast in Connecticut?

Traveling Unreasonably Fast and Car Accidents: What is Traveling Unreasonably Fast in Connecticut?

Every driver has been in the situation where going as fast as allowed by the posted speed limit would have caused a car accident. Therefore, the laws of the State of Connecticut draw a distinct difference between speeding and “traveling unreasonably safe”. While a driver may be complying with posted speed limits and therefore not speeding, their speed might still be too fast to be safe to the surrounding public.

Connecticut General Statute § 14-218a, titled “Traveling unreasonably fast. Establishment of speed limits,” outlines both the process for setting speed limits, and the guidelines for driving safely. It reads, in relevant part:

“No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon any public highway of the state,…upon a private road on which a speed limit has been established…, or upon any school property, at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable, having regard to the width, traffic and use of highway, road or parking area, the intersection of streets and weather conditions.…Any speed in excess of such limits [posted speed limits …shall be prima facie evidence that such speed is not reasonable, but the fact that the speed of a vehicle is lower than such limits shall not relieve the operator from the duty to decrease speed when a special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions…Any person who operates a motor vehicle at a greater rate of speed than is reasonable, other than speeding, as provided for in section 14-219, shall commit the infraction of traveling unreasonably fast.”

The point of this statute is that while Connecticut drivers are require to stay below the speed limit, drivers are also required to adapt their driving speed to safely navigate the roads based upon special hazards. Failure to travel at a reasonable rate of speed may only be punishable by an infraction, which includes a fine, but it also has implications if the failure to drive reasonably causes a car accident.

If driving unreasonably fast causes a car accident, creating injury to the property and body of another driver or passengers, or pedestrians, the attorney of the injured person will claim that not only was the unreasonably fast driver negligent, but that they were also reckless. While proving negligence is sometimes difficult, an argument for recklessness is another arrow in the personal injury attorney’s quiver. Since recklessness is a higher level of liability, winning a personal injury case based on negligence becomes much easier and more likely.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident by a driver who wasn’t speeding, but acted recklessly by traveling unreasonably fast for the conditions at that time, you will need help. First, you should seek immediate medical attention. Then you need to contact a Connecticut licensed personal injury attorney. At The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, LLC, our passion is helping those injured by negligent or reckless people get compensated for their damaged property or injured body. Contact us today by phone, at 203-794-6691, or by e-mail at Glouzgal@CTAttorney.us.

Do I Need an Attorney to Handle My Personal Injury Case?

What Does A Personal Injury Attorney Do?

If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident or other type of roadway collision, you will want compensation from the liable party for your damaged property and injured body. You will wonder; How do I go about seeking compensation? Do I need an attorney to handle my personal injury case?

If an injured person attempts to handle their claim on their own, they are at a huge disadvantage. They will be battling against the at fault person’s insurance company, and the insurance company representative will be an insurance adjuster or attorney who is a trained professional. Their job, Monday to Friday, Nine to Five, is to make sure the insurance company pays you as little as possible for your losses and injuries. They take classes, attend seminars and training, and have scripts, systems and computer software at their disposal. The insurance adjuster will use multiple dirty tricks once they know you are not a legal professional:

  • Try to put blame on you;
  • Ask you to make a recorded statement, to use against you later;
  • Ask you questions like “How are you?” to get you to answer “Fine.” or “OK.”;
  • Imply you must settle your bodily injury claim to get your vehicle repaired or replaced;
  • Offer you less on your claim since you may not know the approximate value.

You need to have a professional representing your best interests! Your personal injury attorney can make sure the insurance company does not take advantage of you. A personal injury attorney can:

  • Make sure that the insurance company is using the proper comparative negligence law as it relates in Connecticut;
  • Can make statements to the insurance company on your behalf;
  • Can acquire the police accident report;
  • Can compile medical records and bills and present them to the insurance company in the light most favorable to you;
  • Settle your property claim to get your vehicle repaired or replaced;
  • Offer letters of protection to medical providers, stopping collection calls and getting you medical care that could otherwise not be available to you; and
  • Determine an approximate value for your case once you are finished treating.

If you have been injured in a car accident, pedestrian accident or other type of roadway accident, a slip and fall or other injury on some ones property, or in any type of accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, you will want to have a personal injury attorney represent you. The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, LLC can make sure you get proper and adequate compensation for you damaged property and injured body. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

A common question asked by those recently injured in accidents is “How much is my personal injury case worth?“. Clients expect a personal injury attorney to use their knowledge and experience to come up with an estimate for them. However, past results do not guarantee future results.

A personal injury attorney can not know how much a personal injury case is worth at the beginning stages of the personal injury process. There are simply too many factors at that point:

  • How long will you be treating?
  • How long will you be out of work?
  • Will your treatment end in full recovery?

Even once your losses are certain, there are factors such as limits on insurance liability and comparative negligence that can make parts of your losses non-recoverable.

You should not pick your attorney by whoever gives you the highest estimate on your injury. You should pick your attorney by their level of ability and your comfort level with them.