Recently a car struck a parked tractor trailer truck in Waterbury and the driver was killed. The car sped into the opposite lane and slammed into the parked truck causing serious damage to the car and killing the driver. While police have not identified the cause of the accident, excessive speed was involved. This type of incident is a good reminder that speed is very often a factor in New Haven auto accidents.
Studies have shown that one of the best ways you can improve your safety when driving is to obey the speed limit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists excessive speed as the second highest cause of auto accident fatalities following closely behind alcohol related incidents. There are nearly 13,000 fatal accidents involving excessive speed each year on the road. There are some things you can do to keep yourself safe when on the road;
- Always obey the speed limit. The posted speed limit is a number that has been studied to limit the possibility of an accident. Following this speed limit is the best way to keep yourself safe.
- Wear your seatbelt. While this isn’t directly related to speeding, if you are in an accident with someone who is speeding your chances of survival are significantly improved by wearing a seatbelt.
- Slow down at all yellow lights. Yellow lights are intended to give you time to slow down and are not intended to be passed through. If a light turns yellow, ease into your brakes and stop ahead of the intersection.
- In inclement weather drive below the speed limit. Whether rain or snow, inclement weather can severely impact your ability to turn properly and brake properly, that is why you should be below the speed limit in these conditions.
Speeding can be tempting. However, there is a reason that there is a posted speed limit and you are required by law to follow it. Driving above that speed limit can lead to dangerous conditions and possibly a New Haven auto accident. Following the speed limit is one of the safest things you can do when driving.
Accidents happen everyday and if one happened to you and you or a loved one are injured you may want to speak with an attorney. Our experienced attorneys are here to review you case and help you look out for your long-term interests.