A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving you or a loved one seriously injured. Statistics suggest that speeding is one of the most common causes of collisions. That is why you should take into account how fast you are driving in all situations. You can do your part to avoid becoming a statistic.

In this article, we discuss certain situations in which you should exercise extreme caution when behind the wheel and slow down.

Heavy Traffic or Bad Weather

Heavy traffic and bad weather result in congestion, making it more difficult to navigate your vehicle. You should drive slower than normal. However, if you choose to drive slower than other traffic, avoid the "Number 1 Lane.”

Around Schools

You should always reduce your speed when children are present, especially near schools. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is 25 mph within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school. You should also look for:

  • Other pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Crossing guards and school safety patrols.
  • Stopped school buses. Children can suddenly appear from behind a bus.
  • Children darting between other vehicles.

Large Vehicles Such as Buses, Large Trucks, and Towing Vehicles

Never assume those driving large vehicles such as buses, trucks, and towing vehicles can see you. Their blind spots are much larger, and you should avoid passing them at high speeds. A sudden lane change by a larger vehicle that cannot see you can result in you losing control of your vehicle.

Your Accident Injuries

Not all drivers you share the Southern California roadways with drive at reasonable speeds. Their negligence and lack of consideration can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. However, you might be able to hold them liable for your injuries.

Our experienced team at Steinberg Injury Lawyers can help you build a successful case. To learn more, you can order a free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another party, contact one of our experienced Santa Monica car accident attorneys for a free case evaluation at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982