Some traffic maneuvers are illegal because they are dangerous, such as speeding. Drivers can go beyond speed limits for various reasons, such as being late for an appointment or frustration caused by heavy traffic. Still, these reasons are not logical excuses for speeding.
This practice could endanger you, your passengers and others, including pedestrians and motorists. Speeding can cause severe property damage, physical harm and even death. It is a factor in around 29% of all collision fatalities in 2021 alone. This traffic violation can quickly escalate and result in the following results that could lead to a deadly crash:
- Losing control of the vehicle
- Lacking safety precautions, such as equipment function and less stopping distance
- Increasing force generated upon impact, possibly contributing to injuries and damages
- Rising fuel use, potentially affecting collision dynamics and other repercussions
Collisions caused by speeding are often costly. The impact’s severity could wreck the vehicle and other property within the crash’s vicinity. Authorities often advise drivers to avoid committing this violation to avoid penalties and prevent deadly traffic accidents.
What to do when facing a speeding driver
Even if you abide by traffic regulations, you may encounter speeding drivers on public roads. If you see someone going beyond speed limits, giving them space and letting them pass is best. Being too close to this vehicle can be significantly dangerous.
You could get in the car’s way if the driver suddenly loses control and crashes. You should drive defensively and adjust in these situations, prioritizing your safety. You could also call law enforcement to report the speeding driver if they are severely aggressive or begin harassing you. A police officer can help manage and de-escalate the situation as needed.