It is important to obey the speed limits on New Jersey roads. However, there are instances when you should drive slower than the posted limit to avoid a possible collision or injury. Some road conditions do not allow for safe driving even at the regular speed limit.
In the event someone collides with you while driving too fast for the current conditions, you might have an entitlement to damages even if the other driver had not gone over the posted speed limit. The NHTSA lists some situations where drivers should take extra caution with their speed.
Driving in a work area
Work situations on roads are quite common. You have probably seen a lane coned off, forcing traffic into one or two lanes. Workers may also labor very close to traffic lanes. These conditions necessitate slowing down to avoid hitting another vehicle or even a road worker.
Driving during bad weather
Inclement weather can cut down your visibility. Rain or snow may make it hard to see further ahead than you usually can. Also, wet or icy weather can create slippery road conditions. Driving even at a posted speed limit runs the risk of not having enough road space to slow down and may cause a vehicle to spin out on an icy road.
Driving during the night hours
Putting on your headlights may help you see at night while driving, but any nighttime driver should still be cautious since some locations may lack sufficient lighting. Additionally, some rural areas do not have many street lights to help illuminate the surrounding environment. Another vehicle or pedestrian could go unnoticed until it is too late to slow down.
The NHTSA points out that speeding was a factor in 29% of all traffic deaths, so it is important for motorists to practice safe driving. Even driving at an otherwise normal speed may cause someone to become liable for property damage or injuries if the motorist did not account for the surrounding environment.