Almost 20,000 people are injured every year in speed-related incidents on British roads, new research has revealed.

Data that has been collected by insurance company Direct Line has showed that between 2012 and 2016 (the last year for which figures are available), there were more than 97,000 speeding-related road casualties recorded – the equivalent of 53 a day. Of these, nearly 15,000 (23 percent) of them led to serious injuries or deaths.

These were as a result of the 62,900 accidents caused by speeding, which involved an average of 34 vehicles a day.

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Over the five-year period, speeding firmly established itself as the second most deadly factor in road accidents, the cause of more than 2,100 deaths. Only loss of control caused more deaths, claiming more than 2,500 lives during the same timeframe.

And though the total number of accidents on British roads fell between 2012 and 2016, the number of serious crashes caused by speeding bucked the downward trend to post a rise of around one percent.

Rob Miles, director of car insurance at Direct Line, said: ‘It stands to reason that the greater the speed at which you are travelling, the less time you have to react in an emergency. 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.

‘It is vital people modify their driving for the road type, visibility and conditions. It is also important that no matter how safely you are driving, others may not be as careful so leave sufficient space between you and the car in front so you can safely stop if needs be.’