The national speed limit is discussed frequently in parliament, with some MPs wanting it reduced and others making a strong argument for it to be increased. What they are usually discussing is in fact how to make the roads safer and this is of course not just down to how fast the traffic is going – road accidents still happen even when everyone is obeying the speed limit. If they are also looking after children, using their phone, even listening to the radio, their attention is not totally on driving and so accidents can happen. Speed does increase the incidence of accidents slightly, but the severity increases by a huge margin with every extra mile/hour on the dial.
Learn to read the road
Speed limits are clearly marked on every road, or the type of road makes it clear how fast you can go. However, just because you are allowed to drive at sixty, there are often strong reasons not to. Many of the people injured in road accidents that our legal experts at Accident Advice Helpline speak to mention other adverse conditions, such as wet roads, fog or loose chippings. If everyone kept below the speed limit and made allowance for external factors, accidents would be fewer but also, crucially, there would be far less severe injuries as a result. It has been estimated that the likelihood of fatal consequences at 50 mph is twenty times that at twenty miles an hour.
Not all road accidents can be avoided
In any amount of traffic there is a possibility of road accidents and if you have been injured as a result, you will know that just one second of someone else’s inattention or driving at a high speed can have a catastrophic effect of your life. At Accident Advice Helpline we are here to help you make a personal injury claim in that event, but it helps a great deal if you make sure that you have followed all the necessary steps first. The police should always be called in the event of an accident and they will be able to tell if speed played a part, by measuring skid marks on the road. They will also automatically breathalyse all the drivers involved and call medical assistance if required. Calling our helpline is free and to quote our patron, Esther Rantzen, ‘I promise you will receive free advice, that no money is required to make a claim & No Win-No Fee* means exactly that.’