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# Most common speeding excuses: “I was only going 5mph over”

Speed limits are in place for a reason. Speed limits indicate the safest maximum speed to travel on a particular stretch of road. Flouting a speed limit can have disastrous, even fatal consequences. Many motorists when caught, use a number of excuses to try and explain their reckless behaviour. One of the most common excuses used is “I was only going 5mph over.” Here, Accident Advice Helpline looks at the reasons why there are no excuses for speeding.

## Exceeding the speed limit increases the chances of a road traffic accident

According to statistics published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, speeding accounts for 14 per cent of all collision injuries and 24 per cent of fatal injuries. For every 1 mph over the speed limit, the chances of an accident are increased by 5 per cent. Meaning that travelling 5 mph over the speed limit equates to a 25 per cent higher chance of being involved in an accident.

## Injuries become more severe at higher speeds

A simple law of physics dictates that the faster an object is travelling, the heavier it becomes. As a vehicle speeds up, the impact at which it collides with another object is also increased. Not only does excess speed increase your risk of being involved in an accident but also increases the risk of suffering a severe, even fatal injury. The “It’s 30 for a reason” advert was a well known advert on tv which illustrates the fact. The advert is narrated by a young girl who states that being hit at 30 means that there is an 80 per cent chance she would live, being hit at 40 and there is an 80 per cent chance that she would die as a result. On a mathematical level, this illustrates just how drastic the consequences of exceeding the speed limit.

## Accident Advice Helpline and claiming compensation after a car accident

Speed limits are in place for a reason and are adhered to by the vast majority of motorists. However, some motorists display a flagrant disregard for the safety of others. If you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly professional advisors. All claims are made on a 100 per no-win-no-fee** basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket should your claim for compensation fail.

Date Published: July 8, 2014