We would all like to believe that that speed limits keep us safe, but is that really true? Some media reports have suggested that accidents are actually more common when speed limits are imposed. In this article, we’ll look at the evidence for and against the idea that speed limits keep us safe.
Could speed limits be dangerous?
It may seem like common sense to think that driving more slowly would automatically be safer, but some reports have suggested that traffic accidents have actually risen in recent years in 20mph speed limit zones.
Some people believe that the sudden changes in speed caused by differing speed limit zones can actually be more dangerous than constant, level speeds. Others suggest that speed limits simply don’t work as people don’t abide by them, and they give pedestrians a false sense of confidence in residential areas that can lead to more accidents.
However, in reality, the reason traffic accidents have become more common in recent years in 20mph speed limit zones is most likely because the number of these zones has drastically increased. While some drivers may feel irritated by the imposition of harsh speed limits, the fact remains that their stopping time decreases with their speed, which means they have more time to react and stop in the event of an accident or obstruction.
This would suggest that speed limits do indeed make our roads safer. When even a small difference in speed could mean the difference between hitting or not hitting a child on the road, is it really worth it?
What to do if you have been injured by a speeding motorist
Speeding is the number one cause of road accidents in the UK, with around 400 people each year being killed by a speeding motorist. If you or a member of your family has been injured in any way by a speeding motorist, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the friendly professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your situation and find out if you are eligible to claim.
Remember: you must always beware of others flouting traffic laws. Even if you understand the difference those few miles per hour could make, other motorists may not. Speed limits may help, but they could only keep us all safe if we would all abide by them. If your life has been affected by another driver’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to pay.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown