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Speeding is a Common Cause of Road Traffic Accidents

Speeding is one of the most common causes of accident and injury on Britain’s roads, with speed-related accidents resulting in injury to around 20,000 people each year. 

Casualty Figures

According to new research by Direct Line Car Insurance, there were 97,256 speeding casualties between 2012 and 2016, which equates to 53 people being injured every day.

These casualties apparently resulted from 62,901 accidents caused by speeding, with an average of 34 vehicles a day involved in speed-related accidents. One in nine (11%) of all accidents on Britain’s roads over the past five years are speed related, with drivers either exceeding the speed limit or travelling too fast for the road conditions.

Direct Line says that around 15,000 (23%) speeding-related accidents over the past five years have been classed as serious, causing 17,636 serious injuries or deaths. Speeding is the second most deadly contributing factor in road accidents over the last five years and the cause of 2,101 deaths. This is second only to loss of control, which claimed 2,561 lives over the same period. The number of speeding accidents leading to death or serious injury has risen slightly (1%) over the last five years, although the total number of accidents has fallen by 14%.

Majority of Accidents Involve Cars

The majority (77%) of speeding accidents involve cars, with motorcycles accounting for 14%, LGVs 4% and HGVs 1%. Motorcycles have the highest chance of being involved in accidents caused by speeding relative to the number in Britain, with seven per 1,000 vehicles likely to be involved in a speeding accident, compared to two per 1,000 cars.

“It stands to reason that the greater the speed at which you are travelling, the less time you have to react in an emergency,” explained Rob Miles, director of car insurance at Direct Line. “This is why speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents on Britain’s roads, as well as the reason behind why these accidents are also more likely to cause serious harm to those involved.”

Road Assistance Workers at Risk

In addition to pedestrians and other road users, one group of people particularly vulnerable to vehicles being driven at inappropriate speeds is road assistance workers.

At the end of 2017 the RAC launched a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks facing road-side assistance workers when they stop in the hard shoulder of a motorway to help a broken down vehicle.

The organisation highlights that there were two tragic motorway fatalities of roadside operators in 2017; one on the M25 and one on the M69.

“The RAC is calling on drivers to ‘slow down, make space and move on’ when passing motorway breakdowns, leaving plenty of space between their car and any vehicles and people on the hard shoulder,” said RAC health and safety consultant Steve Robinson.

“With traffic volumes rising and several recent serious accidents involving roadside assistance patrols and breakdown contractors we need motorists to consider a new approach to how they drive past stricken vehicles, drivers and passengers, and those working in vulnerable locations,” he added.

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