While most of us try to stay within California’s maximum speed limits, you also must follow the state’s minimum speed law. Minimum speed laws attempt to avoid unnecessary traffic backlogs and car accidents. Unfortunately, dangerously slow drivers can cause serious, life-threatening injuries. Below, our minimum speed law attorneys explain California’s speed laws and how they might impact your personal injury claim.
California law sets a series of speed laws. While most of us are familiar with maximum speed limits, there are other speed-related rules:
If there is a posted minimum speed on the roadway, you must meet this requirement — unless the road conditions or other circumstances merit a slower speed. Slow moving vehicles also should remain in the right lane in most situations. And, if your vehicle breaks down, you should exit the roadway as quickly and safely as possible.
Distracted, young, and elderly drivers are most inclined to drive slowly. Excessively slow drivers put themselves and others at risk because they might:
While all drivers have an obligation to closely monitor road conditions and nearby drivers, it can be difficult to anticipate the presence of a dangerously slow driver.
When a driver operates below the posted speed minimum and causes an accident, you might have a negligence claim against him or her. However, minimum speed law cases require a detailed analysis of the facts surrounding the accident, including:
Sometimes, speed-related cases also require expert witnesses who specialize in accident reconstruction or medicine. At Russell & Lazarus, APC, we have represented injured Californians for over 30 years. We understand the nuances of a minimum speed law case and will help you understand the issues involved in your claim. Contact us for more information.
While we understand that excessively slow drivers are frustrating, you should always remain calm and follow California’s traffic laws. If you let road rage take over, you might face the loss of your license, court-ordered drivers’ education, civil liability, and criminal charges. And, if you were injured in a road rage incident, contact our office immediately.
If you sustained serious injuries due to a slow driver, contact an Orange County minimum speed law attorney. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. The personal injury lawyers at Russell & Lazarus, APC can help you understand both your legal rights and the strength your claim. Contact us for a free consultation today.