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Speed variance and car accidents

Speeding can cause car accidents, but did you know that there is an even more important factor to consider? It is speed variance, or the difference in speed between two vehicles. Some reports say that this causes more accidents than speeding itself.

This is often used as a reason why slow traffic should stay to the right, allowing faster traffic to go by on the left. The fact that that left-lane traffic is moving quickly is not necessarily the problem in its own right. The problem is that it is moving faster than the other traffic.

When cars occupy two different lanes, with a clear understanding of who should drive where, this isn't much of an issue. When slower cars stay in the left lane, meaning that vehicles of different speeds are occupying the same lane, it can be a serious issue. Faster drivers have to hit the brakes, swerve out of their lanes, pass on the right and then speed back up again.

This process can cause accidents in a split second. As the driver slows down, he or she could get rear-ended. As the driver passes on the right, that slower driver may not spot the vehicle because people do not usually assume they'll get passed on the right. That driver may change lanes directly into its path.

You have probably encountered plenty of slow drivers in the left lane every time you get on the interstate in North Carolina. Many people do not understand the risk. Whenever another driver causes an accident, regardless of speed, make sure you know what legal options you may have to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more.

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