It may seem like a ridiculous concept, but ‘Smart Phone Fog’ is becoming a very real issue in the day-to-day life of phone users. We have all seen individuals stuck to their hand-held devices, arguably unaware of what is going on around them. This level of distraction has been dubbed as ‘Smart Phone Fog’ and is one of the leading causes of slips, trips and falls and other accidents in public.
Who is at danger from smart phone fog?
When you are caught in ‘Smart Phone Fog’ you not only put yourself in danger of having a slip, trip or fall, but you put others in danger too. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) defines ‘Smart Phone Fog’ as the action of ‘putting yourself and others in danger by using your smart phone while driving or walking.’
Although using your mobile phone while driving is illegal in the UK, a number of reckless drivers still seem to use their smartphones while operating their vehicles. This can lead to road traffic accidents and even fatalities.Generally speaking, when you are under a ‘Smart Phone Fog’ you are putting everyone around you in danger of sustaining and injury, caused by your lack of attention to what is happening in the real world around you.
How to tackle ‘Smart Phone Fog’
It may seem simple – put the phone away! That being said, the use of smart phones does not seem to be disappearing any time soon and therefore simple guidelines must be put in place to reduce the risk of smart phone-related accidents.
As a rule of thumb, it is advisable to avoid using your hand-held device if you are on the move. This includes walking or driving. If you have to take a call while driving, use a hands-free device, and desist completely from texting or using apps while operating a vehicle.
Stay aware of what is around you. Cars, pavements, tripping hazards and other people can all be factors that lead to public accidents, when you have a lapse of concentration.
What to do if you are injured due to ‘Smart Phone Fog’
If you are involved in an public accident and you believe that Smart Phone Fog was to blame, depending on the details of your case, you could be able to claim personal injury compensation. When you suffer harm due to a public accident that you believe was not your fault, Accident Advice Helpline can look into the details of your case and advise whether your claim is likely to succeed if progressed.
With a nationwide team of legal professionals and trained specialists, Accident Advice Helpline offers a service that is second-to-none. You can be sure that experts are handling your claim. Call today on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice