Speeding Causes Road Accidents

It is widely accepted that driving your car at an inappropriate speed is at the core of the road safety problem. When driving at a higher speed it is more difficult to react in time to prevent an accident happening.

A large number of road traffic accidents, probably more than 50% of accidents, occur at road junctions and some junctions are well-known accident hotspots.

However, temporary traffic or road conditions, possibly caused by the weather or a sports event, may result in accidents if people drive at an inappropriate speed for the conditions.

An example of this is the unfortunate accident suffered by Mr Burton buy metoprolol without scrop. whilst he was out riding his motorbike on a Boxing Day afternoon. Mr Burton was travelling on a busy A road that had a 60 mph speed limit. Further along the A road Mr Evitt was driving his car and had reduced his speed because he was going to turn right into the car park of a public house.

Mr Evitt decided to wait for a car to travel out of the car park entrance before he began to turn off the road into the car park and therefore stopped his car. A queue of 4 or 5 cars soon built up behind Mr Evittai??i??s car, including a large 4×4 car that was immediately behind his car. The effect of the large 4×4 car behind Mr Evittai??i??s car was that it partly blocked the view from Mr Evittai??i??s door mirror when he tried to look back down the road, creating a small blind spot.

At the moment when Mr Evitt turned right Mr Burton had already begun overtaking the queue of cars behind Mr Evitt. Due to the large 4×4 car blocking his view, Mr Burton did not see Mr Evittai??i??s car until the last moment and could not avoid crashing into Mr Evittai??i??s car that had begun the manoeuvre to turn into the car park.

The Court of Appeal decided that Mr Burton was 80% responsible for the accident because he was travelling too fast for the road conditions. The speed limit for the road was 60 mph, however Mr Burton should have reduced his speed when he saw the queue of slow moving cars behind Mr Evitt. Mr Burton was travelling at about 45 mph and should have reduced his speed even more before he began overtaking the cars because he was riding too fast to be able to deal with an emergency situation, such as a car in the queue suddenly turning right.

It was decided by the Court of Appeal that Mr Evitt was 20% responsible for the accident because he could not properly see whether there was a motorbike approaching due to the large 4×4 car behind him and therefore should have exercised more care when attempting the manoeuvre to turn right.

The Court of Appealai??i??s decision in Burton v Evitt