Going Nowhere Fast
Excess Speed and Road Traffic Accidents
Speeding is one of the main contributing factors in road traffic accidents. It is responsible for around 400 deaths and 2,500 severe injuries every year in the UK, according to RoSPA.
We all know it’s wrong. Is it the thrill? Is it our hectic lifestyles? Or is it just because there’s no one around looking? Whatever the reason - it’s dangerous and, more importantly, illegal.
According to IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) RoadSmart’s Driving Safety Culture Survey last year:
- 10% of participants thought it was acceptable to drive 5mph over the speed limit near a school.
- 50% thought it was okay to drive 10mph over the limit on a motorway.
- 24% felt there was no problem driving 5mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
The truth is, it’s unacceptable.
New Speeding Fines
In order to prevent motorists speeding, stricter penalties were implemented last year. Some examples are as follows:
- If the speed limit is 30mph, and you were to exceed this by 1-10mph you could incur a Band A fine – 3 points on your license and a fine ranging from 25% to as much as 75% of your weekly income.
- If you were to drive 91mph or above in a 60mph zone, you would receive a Band C fine. Penalties could result in a driving ban for a period of 7- 56 days, or 6 points with a fine of anything between 125% and 175% of your weekly income.
- More extreme cases can reach a Band F penalty. This could result in a fine of 500% - 700% of your weekly income. More information can be found here.
While the penalties are enough to deter many drivers from exceeding the limit, the most important thing to keep in mind is the impact it can have on someone’s life.
The Impact of Speed
Whatever speed you’re driving at, it’s vital to take into consideration the total stopping distance, which consists of thinking and braking distance.
- Thinking distance = the time it takes you to notice a hazard and break.
- Braking distance = the time it takes your vehicle to come to a complete stop.
A car driving at 40mph would need 12 metres thinking distance, and 24 metres braking distance. That’s 36 metres total stopping distance!
This, in itself, could be lethal – if a child ran out in front of you, there would be no time to stop - and that’s abiding by the speed limit.
To put it into perspective, Brake.org give a good example: If you were to travel at 20mph, you’d be able to stop in enough time to avoid hitting a child that runs out three car-lengths in front of you. Increase that speed to 25mph and you wouldn’t be able to stop in time. The resulting impact would be equivalent to a child falling from an upstairs window.
Excess speed could result in life-changing injuries. Nobody wants to be at-fault for a road traffic accident - abide by the rules and remain focused while driving so that you can spot hazards in plenty of time.
Are the Consequences Enough?
Heart Wales News reported this week (16/4/18) that two ‘boy racers’ were sentenced to prison for speeding and killing a 25-year-old woman in Swansea.
The two men, both 23, were racing each other at 90mph along the A4067, between Pontadawe and Glais, when one of them crashed into the young woman - she died immediately from the impact. One has been sentenced to six years and four months, while the other received a seven-year sentence.
Despite paying for their actions, the family have stated that the sentence “will never be enough” as it will not bring her back. The Judge concluded that “it was a deliberate decision to ignore the rules of the road.”
Quite clearly, speeding gets you nowhere fast. Limits are there for a reason, and exceeding it doesn't actually make that much of a difference to your total journey time.
Non Fault Claims
At Non Fault Claims, we want to promote safety as much as possible to prevent road traffic accidents from happening.
But if you are involved in a road traffic accident due to somebody who was speeding, we can help with your compensation claim. This will help reduce financial stress by covering the cost of your recovery and any expenses incurred for vehicle repairs, replacement, any injuries and uninsured losses that occurred as a result of the incident.
You can take a look at our personal injury compensation payout guide to see the average amounts for the most common car accident-related injuries and you can call our team for further information.
Contact us today to see how we can help!