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Fast and Furious Movies Linked to Increase in Speeding

Posted on : February 21, 2018

Fast and Furious 9 is anticipated to arrive in theaters in April of 2020, and you might want to prepare yourself ahead of time for higher than usual speeding on the road. Although there has been plenty of research about generally risky behavior and the media, a new study looks to figure out whether a movie franchise that focuses largely on speeding and dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, is tied to actual changes in people’s driving behavior. The focus of the movies is street racing as well as reckless driving and heists.
One study found, however, that the weekends when the movies were released were associated with higher rates of speeding tickets across Montgomery County, Maryland. They looked at speeding tickets between 2012 and 2017, and evaluated the average miles per hour over the speed limit that drivers were going on any given day. The average speed of drivers who got speeding tickets on the weekends following the Fast and Furious releases was much higher than usual. Many of the people who received tickets were going more than 20% faster than those who received speeding tickets on other weekends. These increases in extreme speeding were concentrated in areas the closest to the movie theaters consistent with the speeding behavior that may have been induced by moviegoing.
If you have recently been involved in an accident in which you believe someone else was responsible for excessive speeding or other reckless driving behavior, you need to share this with your personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so that it can be brought up in court and used to pursue a legal claim against the responsible party.
Showing that someone else was speeding recklessly, regardless of whether or not they were influenced by a movie, can help you if it seems like an uphill battle to pay your medical bills and deal with the other fallout from your accident. You shouldn’t be stuck figuring out how you’ll be able to recover or whether or not you can afford to get critical medical treatment. The law can help you.

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