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Should You Speed to Keep Up with the Flow of Traffic?

by Staff Blogger | October 1st, 2021

Most drivers follow the speed limit on most roads. But on certain highways, the speed limit is regularly, if not always broken by most drivers. If you’ve ever followed the speed limit and driven 55 mph on a highway where everyone is else is going 70+ mph, you’re not alone. Some drivers see this as a reason to speed and keep up with traffic, but speed limits exist for a reason.

“Keeping up with traffic” isn’t a valid excuse if you’re pulled over for speeding by a police officer or state trooper. And it also doesn’t give you any protection from being involved in a crash, even if everyone around you is speeding.

In fact, speeding always makes crashes more severe, and when drivers around you swerve or suddenly slam on their brakes, it makes you more likely to crash into them, as you have less time to react and your vehicle will take more time to slow down.

If you’re on an interstate or highway where everyone is speeding, move to the right-most lane and continue driving at the speed limit. Not only does that eliminate your risk of getting a ticket, but it also reduces your risk of being in a crash. And when you drive in the right-most lane, you don’t impede the flow of traffic as you might in the center or left lane.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers are here to help when drivers are injured by negligent motorists, especially when they speed. Contact us today for a free consultation if you or someone you love was injured by a driver who failed to uphold their duty of care.

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