Driving too fast for road conditions are particularly dangerous

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A driver can be traveling at or even below the speed limit and still be driving at an unsafe speed for the current conditions. While people who live in the North and have to drive in snow, ice and other winter weather conditions know this all too well.

However, this is true everywhere. Florida has its share of rain and extreme weather when it’s necessary to slow down to remain safe.

Road conditions that require a lower speed

Road conditions can also make driving at the posted speed limit dangerous – and illegal – even if there’s no sign posted to indicate a lower speed, such as in a work zone. Among the conditions that can require drivers to lower their speed include:

  • Fog or any other atmospheric condition that reduces visibility
  • Damaged or uneven roads
  • Sharp curves or a narrow, winding road
  • Unusual traffic conditions such as a crash ahead
  • Approaching the crest of a hill
  • When there could be falling rocks or debris from a hillside

Florida’s “unlawful speed” law clearly states: “No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.”

Unfortunately, we’ve all seen drivers who don’t adjust their speed no matter what the conditions are. In fact, if they feel like they’ve “lost” time due to poor conditions, they may speed up and go above even the posted speed limit.

While you don’t want to travel at a speed so slow that you’re interfering with traffic, you do want to slow down when conditions warrant it. That way, if others are driving recklessly or if a driver is forced to stop suddenly or swerve to avoid a road hazard or other vehicle, you can better react.

Of course, if you are injured by someone driving at an unsafe speed for the weather or road conditions, they most likely will be determined to be responsible for the crash. Don’t settle for less than the amount you need to cover medical care and other expenses and damages.


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