Since February 2007, motorist penalties issued to drivers caught using their mobile phones when driving equate to a minimum fine of £60. This may rise to as much as £1,000 if the case is taken to court. In addition, using mobiles while driving is an endorsable offence, meaning drivers caught breaking this law will have three penalty points added to their licence.
The real risk
Whether drivers are unaware of these fines or simply do not care is unclear, but either way, many still flaunt the law and regularly use mobile phones while driving.
Many traffic accidents are caused by drivers being distracted. It only takes a split second of looking at a phone to not see a child running into the road or another car suddenly stopping in front of you. Hitting a child at speed could have traumatic, even fatal consequences. Even a vehicle collision with comparatively minor damage could result in considerable expenses.
Due care and attention
Drivers have an obligation to prevent accidents on the road by driving responsibly and with due care and attention. Using a mobile phone while behind the steering wheel cannot be regarded as responsible under any circumstances. A driver hitting a pedestrian, cyclist or other road user because they were distracted by using their phone subsequently not only has to face a fine, but may be liable to pay personal injury compensation to the people injured in the road accident they caused.
In other words, if you were injured in a motoring accident because another driver was on the phone, you could qualify for driver or passenger injury compensation. You can confirm your eligibility to claim for compensation by completing the 30-second test, better known as the compensation calculator, on Accident Advice Helpline’s website or by calling our Freephone advice line.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our law firm, which is highly recommended by consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, was established in 2000 to assist consumers in getting compensation for injuries sustained in traffic related accidents and other personal injuries.
Calls to our advice line are confidential and individuals are not put under any obligation to pursue claims, although they will be offered the no-win no-fee* services of our experienced, specialist legal team.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 for more information, with no pressure to pursue your claim following your free initial consultation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice