Minor road traffic accidents happen every single day and something that causes a plethora of these minor road accidents is speeding. Anyone caught speeding and exceeding the speed limit will be fined or prosecuted as, under all circumstances, speed limits should be respected and abided by, but that doesn’t stop many using excuses in order to justify breaking this road law.
“I had to speed to get in front of a slow moving car”
Perhaps one of the most frequently used excuses for speeding, this is still not acceptable. Very slow cars on a motorway for example, can certainly be just as dangerous as a speeding car, but a slow car does not entitle anyone to speed, as doing so can put everyone on the road at risk of accidents on the road. Instead, find a suitable and safe time to overtake whilst staying within the speed limit.
“I’m late”/”It’s an emergency”
It can be frustrating when you are late for an event, or need to urgently be somewhere and are on the road, as naturally, you want to find any way you can to get there as quickly as possible, but speeding is not the answer and unacceptable. Being late is better than being injured in a road accident and if it is a legal or medical emergency, consider contacting the local authorities instead of putting yourself and other road users at risk of a car crash.
“I thought it was a 70 zone”
Never assume that the road which you’re driving on is in a certain speed zone. Most roads are clearly signposted with speed limits, but when in doubt on a high road, it is better to stay under the 30 miles per hour mark. Assuming a road has a certain speed limit could cause a car accident and put you as well as other drivers in danger of a road injury.
Suffered a road-related injury that wasn’t your fault?
If you have suffered an injury on the road that was due to speeding and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out if you have a claim, take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice