New London, CT – One of the most fundamental ways that state governments try to minimize the possibility of accidents is by passing speeding laws. Connecticut has its own set of laws related to the speed limit, and drivers who violate these laws can face fines and other penalties. Drivers who speed and cause an accident may also be sued if the victim wants to pursue a civil case against them. 

The basic speeding law

The first set of laws related to speeding in the state is related to the basic speeding law. This is a general rule that is meant to give the police the authority to stop and fine a driver who is driving at a speed that is unreasonable based on the circumstances. Driving conditions include the weather, type of road, the surroundings, and other hazards or conditions that may affect drivers. The police can issue a citation to the driver who is going too fast based on their assessment of these factors.  

Absolute speed limits

An absolute speed limit is a much more simple way of preventing speeding. A driver must operate their vehicle at or below the posted speed limit in any area, otherwise they can be issued a citation. Posted speed limits through much of the state range between 25 and 55 miles per hour. However, the state also has an absolute 65 mile per hour speed limit for all drivers, even on highways and freeways. Anyone driving faster than 65 miles per hour or a lesser posted speed limit can potentially be stopped. 

Fines for speeding

The fines for speeding increase as the driver was traveling in a greater excess of the speed limit. This means that a driver who was just slightly above the posted speed limit will not be fined nearly as heavily as someone who was going much faster through the same area. Areas such as school zones and near a fire department may also subject drivers to greater fines than if they were stopped on a normal road. The state uses a point system as well that can count towards a license suspension or other more severe punishments. 

Lawsuits against negligent drivers

Speeding and evidence of other traffic violations may be considered evidence of negligence in a civil motor vehicle crash lawsuit. This means that traffic citations and violations of these laws can help show that the driver responsible for a crash breached their standard duty of care on the roads. 

Finding out more about accident lawsuits and traffic violations

Drivers in the New London area who need assistance after a motor vehicle collision can speak with an experienced personal injury firm. Holth and Kollman are available to meet with local clients and provide more information. 

Firm contact info:

Holth & Kollman, LLC

58 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320