Nevada has two types of speeding laws meant to protect drivers from injuries

Las Vegas, NV – Drivers in Nevada are required by law to obey speeding laws while operating their cars. This is because it is a simple way for most drivers to avoid serious injuries that are associated with severe motor vehicle accidents. The state has divided its speeding laws into two categories, including a basic speed limit and an absolute speed limit, with each having slightly different rules. Penalties for violations of speeding laws can include fines, licenses suspensions for repeat offenders, or even criminal charges in severe cases. Anyone who was injured by a speeding driver should retain legal help to explore the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the defendant. 

The absolute speed limits

This is the most common speeding regulation that is familiar to drivers. The posted speed limit must be obeyed, and anyone driving in excess of that limit may be stopped and issued a citation. These limits are on signs in roadside areas throughout the state. Nevada law also states that there is no absolute speed limit above 80 miles per hour anywhere in the jurisdiction’s borders. 

Basic speeding laws

The basic speeding laws are much more general than absolute speed limits in Nevada, and police officers have more discretion in their enforcement. The language of the law says that road conditions, the surface of the road and its size, traffic, and weather should all be considered by the driver when operating at a certain speed. The law also prohibits driving at a rate of speed that is so fast that it is likely to jeopardize life, limb, or property. This means that a reasonable and safe manner of driving can be a variable that depends on situations such as traffic jams or inclement weather. Driving at different speeds on the same road can also result in traffic infractions depending on the police officer’s evaluation of the road conditions. 

Speeding and accidents

Driving above the speed limit or at an unsafe speed is obviously dangerous because of the possibility of collisions. When a person who speeds does cause an accident, evidence of this violation can be used as a crucial part of a negligence lawsuit. This can help establish that the defendant breached their standard duty of care by violating a relevant traffic law. The attorney for the plaintiff still has to prove all of the other elements of negligence, however evidence of speeding can be favorable to the plaintiff at trial or settlement negotiations. 

Personal injury lawsuits in the Las Vegas area

Southwest Injury Law focuses on accident cases and related issues for local clients in Las Vegas. Anyone who needs to consult with an attorney in the area can contact the firm for further guidance and specific advice.  

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