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Car Accidents When Speed Is Wrongly Assessed


When vehicle speed is misjudged, it can lead to car accidents and injuries. When a person is injured due to Baltimore drivers wrongly assessing speed, it is essential to talk to a legal professional about your financial recovery options. Connect with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer to learn more.

Dangers of Maryland Drivers Misjudging Speed

Intersections are traffic points where speed is frequently misjudged. Many Baltimore intersections contain complex traffic patterns, so extra caution is necessary. Some common risks include:

  • Rear-end collisions. Accidents caused by misjudging speed are often rear-end collisions. In these situations, drivers underestimate the speed of the vehicle in front of them and then do not have enough time to react and stop, leading to a rear-end crash.
  • Drivers running through red lights or stop signs. Misjudging the speed of cross-traffic can result in a driver maintaining a travel speed and not stopping, causing dangerous T-bone collisions
  • Failing to yield. A risk often arises where there are no traffic signs for traffic signage is blocked from view, then drivers fail to yield when they are legally required to do so.
  • Turning accidents. Misjudging the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles while making turns, particularly left turns, has resulted in collisions.
  • Risky merging situations. When a driver wants to make a lane change and miscalculates the speed of a vehicle in the adjacent lane, they may attempt to merge without sufficient space, causing an accident.
  • Pedestrian accidents. Individuals who are traveling on foot are particularly vulnerable when drivers misjudge the speed of their approach.

Keeping a safe following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you is one thing you can do to help you avoid accidents due to speed misjudgment. This is important because with enough space you will have ample time to react to any sudden changes in speed or unexpected maneuvers.

Adapt to Weather Conditions and Visual Barriers

Other ways you can prevent accidents involving speed miscalculations include being aware and adapting when weather conditions change. For instance, when there is rain, snow, or fog, it can affect visibility and braking distances, so it is important to adjust your speed to account for reduced traction and visibility.

And when traffic signs are visually blocked, due to overgrown trees, buildings, objects, or other obstructions, it elevates accident risks. Driving at a safe speed and carefully assessing the speeds of oncoming vehicles at intersections is part of being a responsible driver. Recognizing that there may be visual barriers from time to time and adjusting accordingly is part of the process.

If you’ve been involved in an accident due to someone else’s misjudgment of speed, talk to a Baltimore personal injury lawyer about how to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Why are you in need of financial relief? If you need monetary support after being injured in an accident involving a driver miscalculating the speeds of other vehicles, talk to  the legal team at Iamele & Iamele, LLP. Seasoned lawyers are available to help you through the recovery process. Contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation.

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