Many motor vehicle accidents occur in our suburban streets because cars are driven too fast. But how fast is too fast?
That really depends on the prevailing circumstances.
Driving at the speed limit is fine if there is flowing traffic and little likelihood of a pedestrian suddenly materializing on the roadway.
However, where there are lots of pedestrians, e.g. Pitt Street at lunchtime, driving at the speed limit would be grossly excessive and probably tantamount to reckless driving. Pedestrians in such a situation are likely to resemble nine pins in a bowling alley.
The same applies when driving past schools and school buses where it is absolutely foreseeable that a child or children could suddenly emerge from behind another vehicle or run across the roadway without looking.
And of course where there are unusual crowds, e.g. outside football stadium or on New Year’s Eve, it is incumbent on drivers to drive extremely slowly and carefully. To do otherwise will, in all likelihood be regarded as being negligence on the part of the driver if there’s an accident.
The golden rule for prudent drivers is to always expect the unexpected, and drive accordingly.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. To arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, please do not hesitate to call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800, or alternatively, make an online enquiry to speak to one of our friendly solicitors.
Written by Tom Goudkamp.