Speeding Car Accidents
When drivers are in a rush or disregard the speed limit, they reduce their ability to stop suddenly and avoid collisions with other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Massachusetts law requires drivers to observe and obey the posted speed limit. When no speed limit is posted, drivers are expected to travel at a reasonable and safe speed limit set by the state. In business districts, drivers are generally not allowed to exceed 30 miles per hour. The speed limit is 20 miles per hour for areas established as school zones. On major highways such as the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 128, posted speed limits are generally 65 mph or higher, except in places such as the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston, where speed limits are reduced.
Speeding in congested areas such as the Williams Tunnel is especially dangerous because drivers are operating in a tight area and cannot easily correct their mistakes without crashing into other cars and tunnel walls. On the highway, many speeding accidents occur when drivers travel at accelerated speeds or attempt to switch lanes.
Speeding car accidents often result in serious personal injuries and wrongful death as well as substantial damage to motor vehicles and property. Injuries can include head injuries, broken arms and legs, internal organ injuries and severe lacerations.
Injuries can require extensive medical treatment over a prolonged period. Those injured in motor vehicle accidents may be unable to return to work or enjoy their normal daily routine for several months or longer.
If you have been involved in a Massachusetts car accident, you may be entitled to recover damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering from the driver’s insurance policy. You have a limited period of time to file a claim so it is critical to contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. For a free legal consultation, contact us at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.