Not surprisingly, speeding is the cause of approximately 30,000 car accidents in New York each year according to statistics compiled by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Speeding not only causes accidents, but it can also make collisions far worse when they do happen and may even lead to fatalities. The force that a vehicle carries at impact is directly related to the vehicle’s speed, and greater speed leads to more serious injuries. Speed limits are imposed for a reason, which is why you should seek appropriate compensation if you are involved in an accident caused by a speeding automobile or big-rig.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was speeding, you can seek to recover monetary compensation for your losses. At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C., our Manhattan car accident lawyers can provide the powerful advocacy you need to maximize your chances of securing the financial recovery you deserve. We maintain a relatively small caseload and have the financial resources necessary to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
The Effect of Speed on Motor Vehicle Accidents
While most of the local roadways in New York City have a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour, cabbies, local drivers, Uber drivers and truck drivers might be inclined to ignore the speed limits to get to their intended destination quicker. When drivers speed, however, they reduce their ability to respond quickly to hazards upon the roadway. High-speed collisions typically result in much more serious injuries to those involved, including broken bones, the requirement of surgery, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, lacerations and sometimes even death.
Speed Limits Throughout Manhattan
- If there is no posted speed limit on New York City streets, then the speed limit is twenty-five (25) miles per hour.
- Due to the high volume of traffic and the unique design of the FDR Drive, there is a maximum speed limit of 40 m.p.h.
- The maximum permissible speed on the Manhattan Bridge is 35 m.p.h
- The car accident-prone Bronx-Queens Expressway (BQE) has a speed limit of forty-five (45) miler per hour.
- New York City’s maximum speed limit is 50 m.p.h., not 55 m.p.h. as many people assume
Reduce your chance of being involved in a Manhattan car accident by reducing your speed, slowing down and obeying the speed limits at all times. If you are involved in an auto accident in Manhattan, feel free to contact our office at 212-518-2095 or go online.