Speeding accidents


The speed that you drive at is restricted by the type of road you are driving on and the type of vehicle you are driving. The national speed limit for cars and motorcycles is:

  • 30mph in built up areas
  • 60mph on single carriageways
  • 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways

Even exceeding the speed limit by a small amount can be dangerous. Ignoring these speed limits can have serious effects, and the faster a vehicle is travelling the more the likelihood of speeding accidents and the greater the force of impact on collision, putting everyone involved in the accident at a much higher risk.

Categories of dangerous driving

There are three offences of dangerous driving:

  • Causing death by dangerous driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Careless and inconsiderate driving

Careless and inconsiderate driving offences can be committed either by driving without due care and attention, or by driving without reasonable consideration for other road users. Speeding could be considered as dangerous and/or careless driving.

Dangerous driving can result in disqualification, penalty points and unlimited fines, and a maximum imprisonment term of two years. The maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving is a 14-year jail term.

Careless and inconsiderate driving carries a maximum fine of £2,500. Disqualification is at the court's discretion and it can also impose penalty points.

Filing a claim

Speeding may also affect any claim for insurance or compensation made for personal injury or damage to property resulting from a speeding accident. If you injured another person or damaged property in a speeding accident, you will need to check your insurance policy carefully, as speeding may negate your cover. You may wish to speak to a solicitor prior to contacting your insurance company.

If you were injured or your property damaged in an accident, speeding may also affect your ability to claim compensation from another party, even where the accident was the other party’s fault. You would need to speak to a solicitor about the effect of speeding on your claim.

What you will need to prove

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident as a result of someone else speeding you are entitled to make a no-win, no-fee claim for compensation. Injuries from speeding accidents can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity
  • Loss of earnings/overtime
  • Damage to personal effects
  • The cost of medication/prescriptions, and any other miscellaneous expenses

In order to establish a claim from speeding accidents the following is normally required:

  • Witness statements
  • Police reports
  • Other information relevant to the car accident, which will later be used as evidence to support your personal injury compensation claim

This will be sent to the other person's car insurance company, with a request for the personal injury compensation claim to be settled. If it cannot be settled then the claim may proceed to court. It is important to contact a personal injury lawyer soon after the accident as you only have three years to bring a claim.

Have you been party to a speeding accident and want to make a personal injury claim? Do you need to defend a personal injury claim? Contact Law works with personal injury specialists around the country who deal specifically in road accident claims. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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