One of the most common excuses for speeding is the statement ‘I’m late for work’. While this may seem fair enough to some, in the eyes of the law it is not a valid excuse by any means. The simple answer to prevent ‘having to’ speed in order to get to work on time is to leave home earlier. Getting a little more organised and setting off earlier not only prevents having to pay fines for speeding, it may also end up saving lives.
Speed limits are there for a good reason. Increased braking distances and less time to react in general can make it impossible to prevent potential accidental collisions at high speeds. In addition, the immense forces of impact mean that accidental injuries sustained in traffic accidents at high speeds are usually far more serious than those at lower speeds.
An accident causing a minor sprain or whiplash injury at 30 mph, for example, could well result in serious head, back or abdominal injuries, even death at just 40 mph. Even if circumstances prevent leaving home earlier, speeding is simply not the answer, because killing someone in a motoring accident is far worse and much harder to live with in the long run than being told off for being a few minutes late for work.
There is another consequence of causing an accident by speeding few drivers tend to consider. Drivers and passengers injured by accidents caused by another road user may be eligible to claim for compensation. Depending on the type of insurance a driver is carrying, the agreed upon excess the driver has to pay before the insurance begins paying out and other factors, this may mean the driver responsible for the motoring accident could face serious financial difficulties.
Claiming for compensation
Those injured by vehicle accidents through no fault of their own can initiate compensation claims by contacting one of Accident Advice Helpline’s team of advisors via the provided free phone advice line or by completing the 30-second test on the company’s website.
Accident Advice Helpline
This law firm specialises in compensation claims and has been successfully securing accidental injury compensation for thousands of people for the many years. Legal assistance by experienced lawyers specialising in personal injury claims is provided under conditional fee agreements, leaving claimants free of worry about the financial implications of pursuing a claim.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice