All drivers are aware that different types of roads have different speed limits attached to them. Motorways enable drivers to drive faster than they would on country roads, for example; a motorway limit is 70mph while the national speed limit on a single-lane road is 60mph. Both figures apply for cars and motorbikes. The speed limit drops in these situations if the vehicle is towing a caravan or trailer.
Some drivers forget that the national speed limits in place on all roads are the maximums that should be adhered to. It may not always be safe to drive at that speed. The consequences of speeding are many and varied, and could potentially mean one or more people suffers injuries that could have been prevented had speeding not been a factor.
Accidents can be more severe at higher speeds
When you drive faster, you are giving yourself less time to react to obstacles or situations that could arise. That’s why certain limits are imposed on certain roads. Additionally, the odds of having an accident are greater when someone chooses to speed. Travelling at 50mph on a road that has a 30mph limit, for example, is clearly potentially dangerous.
Other drivers also have far less time to react to a driver who is speeding. They may appear out of nowhere and bear down on another vehicle very quickly indeed, leaving the driver of that vehicle almost powerless to avoid a crash.
Knowing what to do if you’ve been hurt in an accident like this
Being involved in a car accident is frightening – that much is certain. This holds true even for more minor accidents. However, when speed is a factor, the whole experience can be terrifying, and it can lead to serious injuries being suffered by everyone involved. The innocent parties will probably experience emotional and psychological issues as well, which is perfectly understandable.
Accident Advice Helpline has been able to help many people whose lives have been changed as a result of being caught up in situations like these. The consequences of speeding can be very serious for these people – even though they were the innocent ones in the situation. If this describes your situation, please do call 0800 689 0500 as soon as you can. We provide no-obligation advice and we make no charge for your call either. You’ll only pay solicitors’ fees if your no win, no fee* case is successful.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Car accident claims