It is estimated that speeding contributes to about a third of all traffic accident deaths. Speeding can involve a driver exceeding the posted speed limit or it can mean a driver going the posted speed limit but too fast for road conditions.
Speeding is dangerous because it may not leave a driver with enough time to respond to an unexpected event. It can also cause drivers to lose control of their car and cause a traffic crash. In the event of an accident, speed can make a collision higher impact and more serious. The car can leave the road due to the force of the impact, can rollover, and can crash into multiple cars or objects before coming to a full stop.
Speeding and Aggressive Driving
Speeding and aggressive driving also go hand in hand. Speeding can be caused by many factors, including impatience or poor time management, but it is often caused by anger on the road. When drivers get frustrated or upset, they can step on the gas, putting themselves and others in danger.
If you encounter an aggressive driver who is speeding, you will want to:
- Put more space between you and the driver, moving over so they can pass.
- Avoid responding or making eye contact, to avoid escalating the situation.
- Call police if the driver is causing dangerous conditions or is following you or threatening you.
- Get out of the way if the other driver is tailgating you or acting in a way that puts you at risk.
- If you’re alone and there are not many drivers around, drive to a safe place, such as a police station.
- Keep your doors and windows locked and do not pull over or stop where the driver can get out and assault you.
- Drive courteously.
Ultimately, cities set speed limits based on traffic flow and the needs of different areas. School zones, business areas, construction zones, and other areas all need different speeds. Keep and eye on posted speed limits and always follow them. If there is bad weather, heavy traffic, or other dangerous conditions, you may need to drop your speed below the speed limit to stay safe.
When driving, you can also avoid speeding by checking your emotional state. If you’re tired, upset, or ill, it can be easier to get upset and to engage in unsafe behavior. If you’re unable to keep a rein on your emotions or find yourself getting upset as you drive, take a break from driving. Stop for a coffee or snack and relax before continuing on your journey.
If you have been injured by an unsafe, aggressive driver, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation to find out if you have a claim. Your injury costs may be more than you think and insurance does not always cover your costs, so it can be valuable to at least get an attorney to review any insurance offer. Our legal team has offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood and we’re here to serve those who have been injured.