Speeding while driving is always dangerous. Though some people tell themselves that they will hurt no one but themselves as they fly down a mostly empty highway in the middle of the night, it is impossible to predict traffic patterns. A speeding car can up on slower traffic with terrifyingly little time to adjust, particularly in poor visibility or on winding roads.
Though a single speeding vehicle is always dangerous, each additional vehicle moving at an unsafe speed more than doubles the danger, as other vehicles may hit the second or third trying to dodge the first. This is amplified even more if the fast cars are racing each other, as the competitive mentality often results in more dangerous maneuvers in and out of traffic.
A February 10th, 2019 incident left nine people injured, including one in critical condition, after two drivers decided to race on the I-95. The racing drivers were moving erratically from lane to lane in an attempt not only to pass each other, but to keep from being passed back. One of the drivers changed lanes into another vehicle, causing a chain reaction that resulted in damage to four cars.
Unfortunately, there is little other drivers can do to protect themselves from other drivers making dangerous choices, whether those choices be drag racing, driving while distracted, or driving under the influence. If these behaviors are observed, notifying the police and pulling over until the other vehicles have moved on is the best course of action.
If you or someone you love has suffered due to a car accident caused by another person’s careless or dangerous actions, please consult with an experienced attorney. People who put others at risk due to their own bad choices should be held accountable for those choices. A qualified lawyer can guide you through the process of how to make sure that happens.