What you are about to receive is some enlightening information aimed to educate and encourage safe driving. Why? Because hindsight is a terrible thing.
- Reaction time: the amount of time it takes to react to a hazard.
- Braking distance: the distance a car will travel after the brakes have been applied in order to bring a car to a halt.
When dealing with the subject of speeding, these two concepts become very interesting. It is not a surprise that a vehicle travelling at 60 mph will cover a greater distance than one travelling at 45 mph.
It takes on average 1.5 seconds for a driver to notice a potential hazard and react to it. However, a distracted driver can double this to 3 seconds. A speeding car with a driver who is texting can increase the reaction rate to up to 6 seconds.
Understanding the needs of victims and their families
When a car is speeding, the reaction distance and braking distance are increased even though the reaction time remains at 1.5 seconds. This is due to the fact that a car travelling at 60 mph will travel a further distance in the time between seeing and responding to a danger than one travelling at a lower speed. This means that the speeding vehicle will take longer to stop than the one travelling at a slower speed.
Keeping the legal process as simple and stress-free
Figures show that nearly 45% of fatal accidents occur as a result of drivers failing to react quickly enough. Speeding can also cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle or make it difficult to steer out of harm’s way.
Let’s consider two cars on the same road. Both are the same size, but car one is travelling at 50 mph and car two is travelling at 60 mph. Car one is about to be overtaken by car two. Up ahead is a pedestrian crossing the road. Both vehicles are travelling side by side and both drivers have taken 1.5 seconds to observe the hazard. They have applied the brakes in order to bring their vehicles to a halt. Car one was able to stop in time and the pedestrian made it safely to the other side. Car two took longer to come to a standstill and unfortunately could not avoid hitting the pedestrian and causing a fatal accident.
Here to make life better
The lesson? Kill your speed, not a life. If you have become injured as a result of a speeding driver, you should not hesitate to seek legal advice. Accident Advice Helpline can quickly ascertain if you have a valid claim for compensation. Call us for free on 0800 689 0500 in order to enlist the services of a professional lawyer in Bucknell.
Date Published: 8th January 2014
Author: David Brown