Road traffic accidents between pedestrians and cars can often end in serious injury. If you have suffered an injury as a result of a car-pedestrian accident you should consider calling the Accident Advice Helpline. They have extensive experience dealing with exactly this sort of incident and recovering compensation as long as the incident was someone else’s fault.
Speed is a major contributing factor in the seriousness of car-pedestrian accidents around the world with accident incidents rising by around 30% when speeding is involved. Yet it’s amazing how many injured pedestrians say, “I didn’t think they were going that fast” after their accident.
There are several reasons why cutting speed can help to reduce serious injury in the case of car crashes:
- Stopping distance: Going faster means it takes longer to slow down and come to a stop in the case of an emergency such as a pedestrian stepping out into the road. Once the driver puts his foot on the brake the space and time that the vehicle will continue travelling is directly proportional to the speed it is travelling in.
- Reaction time: Related to stopping distances, a driver needs to react more quickly when travelling faster to avoid an accident on the road because the vehicle will continue moving for longer after he takes evasive action.
- The speed of a vehicle determines how much energy the crash involves. Impact energy rises proportionally much more than speed so that a 50 per cent increase from 40 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour increases the impact energy by 125 per cent!
This last factor is even more important when pedestrians are involved because they do not have the protection that the structure of a vehicle provides. The speed of impact causes a dramatic rise in severe injury from these accidents:
- When speed of impact is 16 mph, risk of pedestrian injury is 10%
- When speed of impact is 31 mph, risk of pedestrian injury is 50%
- When speed of impact is 39 mph, risk of pedestrian injury is 75%
- When speed of impact is 46 mph, risk of pedestrian injury is 90%.
Excuses given by drivers for speeding include running late, not being aware of how fast they are driving, thinking they are safe from getting a ticket and not agreeing that speed limits are important.
If you have suffered an injury as the result of a car accident which was not your fault in the last three years then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to our legal team. We have years of experience dealing with these sort of compensation claims and we do so on a 100 per cent no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice