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The consequences of speeding can be more severe than a ticket

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2019 | Traffic Violations

Busy lifestyles have become the norm. People seem to always be rushing around to bring their kids to school, go to work, pick up the kids, go to the grocery store, and complete all the little errands that must be done in between.

Having a busy lifestyle can be exciting and fulfilling, but those leading busy lifestyles may be more likely to develop some bad habits. For many people, a fear of running late can encourage speeding. However, speeding puts everyone on the road at risk.

Speeding may be especially prevalent in North Carolina

In North Carolina, speeding contributed to almost 32% of all traffic fatalities in 2017, which is more than the national average. Nationally, speeding contributed to about 26% of all traffic fatalities that same year.

Speeding often refers to driving over the posted limit, but speeding can also mean driving faster than what is safe given the current road conditions. Those who resist the urge to speed sometimes do so with the hope of avoiding a speeding ticket. However, by not speeding, you can reduce many other speed-related risks, such as

  • Losing control of your vehicle
  • Reducing the effectiveness of your protective equipment
  • Needing additional distance to stop if you must avoid a collision
  • Receiving more severe injuries in the event of a collision

Try to avoid conflict with other drivers

Unfortunately, there are many drivers who speed and exhibit other aggressive driving behaviors. While driving the speed limit can benefit you in many ways, it may also be necessary to take steps to avoid conflict with other drivers on the roadway.

Sometimes you can do this by trying to limit behaviors that may set off aggressive drivers. For example, try not to cut anyone off, drive slowly in the left lane, tailgate or gesture at other drivers.

If you realize that another driver is angry with you or otherwise driving aggressively, consider:

  • Keeping your distance
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Allowing the driver to pass you

If you believe another driver is trying to start a fight or may be following you, it may be appropriate to call the police. You may also consider driving to a public place where the driver may be less likely to continue the behavior, such as a police station or shopping center.

Speeding causes many collisions, injuries and deaths every year. If you are seriously injured in a collision caused by a reckless driver, it may be appropriate to seek justice. You may receive compensation for expenses associated with your injury.