The speed at which you are travelling when you have an accident can be a major factor in what happens then and what happens next. If you are speeding at the time of your accident, you are likely to cause more damage to your own car and the other vehicle than if you were going at the correct speed. If you hit a pedestrian when you are speeding then you are much more likely to cause a fatality. Not only this, but if it can be proved that you were speeding when you had your accident, you may automatically be assumed to be at fault for the accident, even if the other driver played a part.
Here is some more information about speeding and accidents.
Driving too fast
Everyone knows that you need to stay below the speed limit or you risk speeding. If you are caught speeding then there will be a penalty, and the minimum penalty for speeding is usually a £100 fine and three points on your licence. Not only this, but if you are speeding and cause an accident, you will be the one who takes the blame for the accident and could lose your licence or even go to prison.
Driving too slowly
Where there are upper limits for speed, there are also lower limits and a lot of people don’t consider this when they are driving. You can cause an accident by driving too slowly just as easily as you can cause an accident by driving too fast. Driving too slowly can also be punishable by a fine, particularly if you are in an area with a minimum speed limit.
If there is more than one speed limit
Speed limits are governed by the type of vehicle you are driving as well as the type of road that you are driving on. If you find that the situation you are in means that two speed limits come into play, the lower limit is always the one that you should choose. If you don’t abide by this you could still be fined if you are caught.
How to make road accident claims in Colchester
If you think that the other driver was speeding when you had a road accident, then this may be a good reason for you to consider road accident claims in Colchester for any injuries that you have sustained.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, or you can text “claim365” to 88010 to find out more about making a claim and the claims process. If you decide that you do want to make a claim, the team can pass you over to an experienced and dedicated injury lawyer, who will work on a 100% no win no fee basis to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: 14th May 2015
Author: David Brown