Cedar Rapids, IA – Driving at high speeds is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do, and it is a common cause of motor vehicle collisions. The state of Iowa has legislated to attempt to deter this kind of behavior, however law enforcement does regularly find drivers who are speeding and issues them citations. When a driver who was speeding causes an accident, evidence of the traffic law violation may be used against them in a personal injury lawsuit. They may end up paying out damages to the victim from a civil case, as well as paying fines from the traffic citation.
Iowa’s laws against speeding
Speed limits in Iowa are organized based on the type of district or roadway in the area. For example, residential areas, business areas, and school zones will generally have speed limits of between 20 and 25 miles per hour. This increases to 45 miles per hour on larger roads in suburban districts. State highways and interstate highways will normally have limits that are between 55 and 70 miles per hour, as long as there are multiple lanes.
Violations of these laws are considered a simple misdemeanor, with fines that gradually increase as the driver goes further in excess of the speed limit. In other words, someone who was going 30 miles per hour over the limit will face a much greater fine than someone who was only going 10 milers faster than the posted speed limit. There are also enhancements on fines and penalties for speeding through school zones.
Repeat offenses and cumulative penalties
Drivers who have multiple offenses for speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence, illegal lane changes, and similar violations may be subject to a license suspension and lose their driving privileges temporarily. Commercial drivers may also lose their privileges for a period of time if they were working while violating any traffic law or accumulate multiple citations.
Evidence of traffic citations in civil injury cases
When a victim is struck by a driver who did not follow all relevant traffic laws and was cited by the police, this evidence can be used against them in court. The victim’s attorney can utilize traffic violations as proof of negligence. This type of proof is not conclusive, as the ultimate decision in the case will still be left to the jury, but it can be beneficial throughout the victim’s injury case.
Finding out if an accident lawsuit is necessary
There are attorneys who focus their practice on collision and injury lawsuits throughout the state of Iowa. Eells and Tronvold Law Offices is a personal injury firm that is available to speak with potential clients during an initial consultation.
Firm contact info:
1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400