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.