You often hear people say that you shouldn’t use a mobile phone at the petrol station, but is that true, and is it really dangerous to use a mobile phone whilst refuelling?
If you’re visiting a public place, such as a petrol station or a service station, it’s a good idea to be wary of potential hazards and pay attention to warning signs to reduce the risk of injuries and accidents, such as slips, trips and falls.
Is it really dangerous to use a mobile phone whilst refuelling?
If you visit a petrol station, you’ll see warning signs advising you not to use a mobile phone whilst refuelling, but what is the danger, and what could happen if you do take a call?
The main reason for banning mobile phones at petrol pumps is the risk of fire. If you use a mobile, it may increase the risk of a fire breaking out, which could have devastating consequences, given the environment.
In reality, the risk is incredibly low, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Another reason not to use your phone is distraction. Even if you think you’re a brilliant multi-tasker, the truth is that when you’re using your mobile phone whilst refuelling, your concentration isn’t solely focused on the task in hand. You may spill fuel and if you continue to use your phone whilst driving off, there is a high risk of road traffic accidents. You would also be breaking the law.
When it is possible to claim compensation for an accident?
If you’ve been involved in an accident, there may be a chance that you can claim compensation; however, not every accident fits the criteria to make a public liability claim.
In order to stand a good chance of claiming personal injury compensation, you must have been injured in an accident which occurred as a result of somebody else’s negligence. You may have slipped in a public place when a spillage wasn’t cleared up, or tripped over a damaged floorboard, for example.
If you have proof that you were not to blame for your slip and trip injuries and your accident happened within the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice and guidance.
Our helpful, experienced team of advisors is ready and waiting to take your call on 0800 689
0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice