Drivers are taught to stay aware of their surroundings at all times while on the road, but sometimes with experience, drivers can become less careful about looking where they are going. Distractions can cause major accidents on the road and could result in serious injuries or a fatality. Looking away from the road just once could result in a collision, therefore drivers should be aware of potential distractions and hazards. There are many reasons why drivers may be preoccupied — passengers or children could be distracting in the car, there may be something on a driver’s mind, or technology could be to blame.
Mobile phone use at the wheel is prohibited, as this kind of distraction could put other road users at risk of being injured in a road traffic accident. Texting or making a call while driving should be avoided — drivers should try to pull over if they must answer their phone. Sat-navs can be a distraction if they need to be reprogrammed or are taking you on an unfamiliar route. Preoccupied drivers could put other road users at risk, which could result in a collision. If you have been involved in a collision with a distracted driver, you could be entitled to compensation.
Compensation for road traffic accidents
Drivers should take measures where they can to prevent putting other road users at risk. Distractions such as mobile phones should be put out of reach to help you avoid answering a call or a text while behind the wheel. If you are lost and using a sat-nav, you should try to pull over if you need to change your route. Preoccupied drivers using in-car technology could cause you to sustain injuries if they cause an accident on the road in which you are involved. If you are in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you could make a compensation claim.
Making a personal injury claim
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we specialise in personal injury claims and have been helping people to make their claims for over 15 years. If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a preoccupied driver, such as a driver who was using their mobile phone, you could be entitled to compensation if you have sustained injuries. To obtain some no-obligation advice from our team of experts, just give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 today.