For many people, mobiles are an essential part of their lives and they cannot imagine their life without one. However, slips, trips and falls and other accidents involving mobile phones can and do happen.
Common accidents involving mobile phones
- Slip, trip or fall injury whilst on your phone
If you look outside it is likely you will see a lot of people on their phone either texting, calling someone or checking Facebook. Slips, trips and falls are common accidents involving mobile phones when you are not concentrating on where you’re walking.
- Road traffic accidents due to mobiles
Although in this country it is illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving there are still some people that do this, thus causing potentially nasty accidents involving mobile phones. Just like walking, this can quite easily cause an accident such as a car crash. However, in this instance the driver injuries could be much more severe than the pedestrian that slips, trips or falls over a tree root or other obstacle.
- Death by drowning
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean death of a human but the death of the phone. A common accident which is unlikely to become an accident claim is that of mobile phones taking a dive, usually into the toilet pan. This can occur by your phone coming out of your pocket as you are pulling up your jeans or simply by dropping it by accident whilst in the bathroom. This can severely damage your phone and perhaps even kill it.
- Pedestrians causing a car crash
This is a similar accident involving mobiles phones to the slips, trips and falls one but the consequences can be much more serious. Unfortunately you may see pedestrians still looking at their phone whilst crossing the road. This means that not only are they not watching where they are walking but may not be aware of that car driving towards them. In this instance the driver may not be liable for the road traffic accident if the pedestrian walked out suddenly and the car was too close to stop.
- Missing important security announcements
This is pretty self-explanatory but whether you are texting or listening to music on your phone, you could miss an important health and safety announcement which could lead to an accident.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe you have a claim for compensation and you have documentation to prove that it wasn’t your fault, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on freephone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. For your convenience, our helpline is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown