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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The danger of social media alerts when driving


    In the modern world, people are more connected than ever. Through the use of smart phones, people are using social media more and more. Although this connectivity is ultimately making the world a better place, it is important to know when it is inappropriate to be updating your Facebook status.

    Just as texting whilst driving can seriously increase the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident, social media alerts must also be ignored.

    How social media alerts can distract you from driving

    Using any handheld device, even for a split second, can distract you from driving and significantly increase the chances of being involved in a car accident.

    It is illegal to operate a mobile phone when driving. This applies not only to calls and texts, but also for reading maps on a navigation application and checking social media. You may only use a hand-held device if you are safely parked, the handbrake has been engaged and the engine has been switched off. The only exception to this rule is if you are making a 999 call and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop. Many modern vehicles can also incorporate smartphone technology which means that drivers can use apps whilst driving. However, you may still be prosecuted for using a hands-free device if you are found not to be in control of a vehicle. Checking social media whilst driving is more common amongst young people who have just passed their test. Being caught using a phone whilst driving will result in a £100 and three penalty points on your licence. If you receive six penalty points within the first two years of passing your test, you will automatically lose your licence.

    Have you been involved in a road traffic accident?

    If you’ve been involved in a vehicle collision within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We can even help you to make a claim for compensation if the other driver was uninsured. Call one of our highly skilled, professional and friendly advisors to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to. Please note that any amounts quoted are guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.

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    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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