The M25 in Kent has been revealed as a particular hot spot for speeders, with Britain’s two worst speeders caught driving at 146mph. One vehicle was travelling anti-clockwise at Junction 5 at Clacket Lane Services, the other going clockwise at Swanley.
The UK is home to approximately 36 million drivers, who regularly use the roads for work and leisure; simply to carry out their day-to-day activities. However, some drivers continue to flaunt road safety measures such as speed limits and IAM’s latest revelation indicates just how far some people will go to cut an extra few minutes from their journey.
In addition to the two worst speeding examples mentioned, there were three other instances of speeds of 140mph or more being recorded; 145mph on the M6 toll road (70mph limit), 141mph on the A1 Great Ponton Northbound road (70mph limit) and 140mph on the A5 Crick Eastern Verge road (60mph limit).
But perhaps the most astounding figure was 128mph recorded on London Road, East Grinstead – a 30mph road, where the driver was exceeding the limit by 98mph! The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph – the consequences of being struck by a vehicle travelling in excess of 100mph does not bear thinking about.
According to statistics from Think! The Department for Transport’s official campaign for road safety, speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents. In 2013, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor.
Sadly, it appears that some motorists are willing to risk their own lives and the lives of others by driving over the recommended speed limits.
Decrease your speed and reduce avoidable road accidents
Sarah Sillars, IAM Chief Executive Officer, said: “It is disheartening to say the least that some road users are showing such disregard for the safety of all other road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers.
At speeds of 140mph an individual is travelling at nearly two-and-a-half miles a minute. At that speed it is simply impossible to react to anything that might happen in front of you.
It is also impossible to handle corners, gradients, street furniture and junctions with any effectiveness. In short, all these individuals are playing with their own lives and others – they are all accidents waiting to happen and it requires a major shift in the attitudes of these people to think about safety.”
Crispin Balmer, a serious injury solicitor at Freeclaim, who has many years of experience in fatal car accident claims also comments, “Speed limits on roads are there for a reason and people who ignore these are needlessly putting people’s lives at risk. I have seen countless families who have had to live with the consequences of another person’s mistakes, and had their world completely turned upside down. People need to understand the implications of traveling above the speed limit, and drive responsibly, for their own safety, as well as those around them”.
Freeclaim Solicitors are specialists in road accident and fatal accident compensation claims. We have helped many people who have been victims of a road traffic accident to claim the compensation they deserve and also assisted families who have been left devastated by a fatality following serious car crashes.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a road traffic accident and suspect that the driver responsible for the crash was driving in excess of the speed limit, call us today on 0800 612 7340, or fill in our online enquiry form and one of our expert team will call you back. All our road accident claims are taken on a no win no fee basis, so there is absolutely no financial risk to you.