You may have noticed that the roads are much emptier than normal, which is definitely a blessing when you have to head out to work or to grab some groceries. Just don’t get too comfortable and, thinking that less traffic equals more safety, drop your guard. You still need to drive defensively — particularly because you may encounter some aggressive speeders out there.
The relative lack of traffic on the roads is giving rise to some dangerous speeding, and we aren’t talking about somebody going too fast in a school zone. There are drivers out there who are indulging in their racecar fantasies on the open city streets. Drivers in Florida have increasingly been caught going more than 100 miles per hour — especially at night when they hope that their speeds will go unnoticed by local law enforcement. In one case, a 29-year-old man was caught going 156 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Speeders do face some stiff fines. Going 50 or more miles above the posted limit will get someone a $1,000 minimum fine in this state — and that more than doubles for a second offense. Yet, there are plenty of drivers out there who seem willing to take the chance. In some cases, motorists are reporting that they’re even seeing packs of speeders holding impromptu races on the expressway.
Speeders aren’t just a hazard to themselves. They can cause serious damage if they collide with another vehicle on the road. Even when they don’t actually hit another car, they may cause a driver to reflexively try to move out of their way and crash. If you’ve been injured by an excessive speeder’s actions, find out how you can claim fair compensation for your injuries and lost wages.