Have you ever broken the speed limit?
According to official data from the Department for Transport in 2013 nearly half of all drivers’ admitted to breaking the speed limit on motorways and in built up areas. It has been shown that drivers are more willing to break national speed limits because they believe that the police are reluctant to act. As a result motoring groups have named 80mph as the “default limit” because drivers believe they will avoid prosecution if caught driving at this speed on motorways.
As a result the Government have recently announced plans to increase the speed limit for HGV’s on single carriageway roads. The speed limit is currently 40 mph but there are plans to raise the limit to 50mph. However the Government insist that there are no plans to increase the speed limit for other vehicles.
Would raising the speed limit for HGV’s have an impact on the number of road traffic accidents involving HGV’s?
It is common knowledge that the impact of an accident involving a HGV is often greater than the impact of an accident involving two cars. As a result the injuries sustained in an accident involving a HGV tend to be more severe and the recovery from these injuries can take longer.
This raises the questions: Will flexibility around speed limits increase the number of drivers breaking the speed limit? As a result will there be an increase in the number of road traffic accidents?
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This article was written by Katherine Law who has been a member of our legal team for two years.