Speeding is one of the most dangerous things a motorist can do. Not only does it dramatically increase the likelihood of an accident on the road occurring, it also means that, given the rapidity with which the car is moving, the consequences of any collisions with other vehicles is likely to be a whole lot more serious than if limits were being obeyed.
Having said that, there are times when speeding is tempting. Sometimes, drivers will say anything to try and justify the speed they were going, particularly when in trouble with the police.
What are the most common excuses after causing a road traffic accident by speeding?
One of the most frequent responses given by those who have been caught speeding is that they need to rush to hospital because of a medical emergency.
There are a number of questions that ought to be asked of anyone who uses this excuse. Namely –
- If you are the one who needs attention, should you be driving at all?
- How much of an emergency is it?
- Why did you not call an ambulance?
If these questions are not answered satisfactorily, then it is likely that the driver is trying to pull a fast one, no pun intended.
It is always better to try and use an ambulance rather than try and get yourself to hospital. After all, they are legally allowed to run red lights and whizz through the roads. Also, paramedics are able to start treating injuries and conditions in the vehicle whilst travelling to the hospital.
If getting an ambulance is not an option, then your chances of escaping a fine really depend on two things:
- The extent and nature of your speeding
- The police officer who stops you.
Haring through residential streets, or near a school, is unlikely to elicit any sympathy. However, going a few miles per hour too fast on a main road, motorway or dual carriageway and not causing any danger to other motorists or risking a crash on the road, may be a different matter.
Some members of the police may take pity on your plight but, in reality, a fine is coming.
If you are injured in an accident on the road, then you may be due some traffic accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in dealing with personal injury and accident claims.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice