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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common speeding excuses: “I’m running out of fuel”


    Drivers caught speeding or involved in road accidents as a result of excessive speeds often come up with the most weird and wonderful excuses for not sticking to relevant speed limits.

    Common excuses for speeding

    Apparently, one of the most common ‘reasons’ given for speeding is running out of or being low on fuel. As it is well known that speeding does, in fact, increase fuel consumption, as opposed to reducing it, this excuse obviously does not sit very well with attending police officers. Other, often downright ridiculous, excuses include (in no particular order):

    • The need to get to a toilet fast
    • Not knowing the speed limit
    • Being late for appointments, work, etc
    • Gathering speed due to going downhill
    • Trying to keep up with traffic

    Perhaps the craziest excuse ever given for speeding came from a driver in Canada, who claimed his wife had left him for a policeman and said he was speeding to escape the police car because he believed the officer may be trying to return her.

    Speed and road traffic accidents

    While these excuses may be quite funny, the sad truth is that speed kills. A traffic accident at 30 mph may cause minor injuries, while increasing this speed to just 40 mph, for example, may inflict potentially life-changing injuries, if not death. The impact of serious car accident injuries on those injured and their families can be devastating. Considering this, there simply is no valid excuse for speeding under any circumstances.

    Injury by traffic accident

    If you were injured by an accident on the road caused by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to claim for driver or passenger injury compensation. Evidence supporting your right to claim for compensation must be provided and include witness statements; photos of the scene of the accident (if at all possible); medical records documenting the extent and impact of your injury on your daily life, and more.

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    Travel accident claims

    In a similar fashion, accidents causing injuries to you while travelling on public transport, in taxis, on planes or boats may entitle you to claim compensation. Again, evidence proving your injury was the result of another person’s mistake must be provided.

    Car crash claims

    This may seem daunting, but claiming is not as difficult as it may seem. Accident Advice Helpline provides effective assistance with personal injury compensation claims on a no win no fee* basis. Calls to the helpline are free and confidential.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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