Speeding is something a lot of people probably do without fully realizing how dangerous it actually is. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) speeding killed more than 10,111 people in 2016 and accounted for more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities that year. It can be frustrating to get stuck behind a slow driver in traffic, especially if you’re already running late, but that’s never a good reason to exceed the speed limit. Speeding and other forms of aggressive driving put your safety and the safety of others in jeopardy.
Factors That Contribute to Speeding
A variety of factors can contribute to speeding. Traffic congestion, especially if it is unanticipated, can be a factor in causing some drivers to choose to exceed the speed limit. If you think you might anticipate traffic, allow for additional time to get to your destination. Traffic can also be a factor related to other aggressive driving behaviors like changing lanes frequently or tailgating slower drivers. Running late can also be a factor for some drivers to start speeding. The anonymity of driving an automobile might also influence certain drivers to engage in risky or aggressive behaviors behind the wheel. Finally, a disregard for others and for the law are two major factors involved with drivers who choose to speed.
If You Encounter an Aggressive Driver
Whether you’re in another vehicle, on a motorcycle, on a bicycle or on foot, give aggressive drivers plenty of space. You don’t want to be anywhere near them or engage with them in any way. If you’re in the left lane and somebody wants to pass, move over safely to let him or her pass. Finally, if a driver is acting really aggressively and endangering the lives of others on the road, call the police and report the situation. It could save a life.
Aggressive Driving Accidents
After any kind of accident caused by the willfully dangerous or negligent actions of another driver, it’s important to speak with a lawyer about your claim. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a speeding or aggressive driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.