The number of serious injuries and deaths on Britain’s roads increased by 4% in 2014, leading some commenters to suggest that the rise of in-car gadgets may be playing a role. The Department of Transport released figures showing that serious injuries and fatalities rose by 4% to almost 25,000 in 2014 alone, and consumer research appears to support the theory that in-car technology may be part of the problem. Research conducted by BCA, Europe’s leading used vehicle marketplace, shows that 95% of those surveyed had seen other drivers using a mobile phone while driving. The research carried out by BCA in September 2014 also shows that 83% of those surveyed had seen drivers texting or emailing while on the road.
However, mobile phones are not the only gadget which motorists are using when behind the wheel. Over half of those surveyed (52%) confessed to looking at their sat-navs instead of the road at junctions or roundabouts. A total of 47% of drivers said that they had seen other road users do the same. A small number of drivers also admitted to accessing social media or the internet while behind the wheel. Tim Naylor, editor of the BCA Car Market Report, states that in-car technology is at least contributing to the rise in road accidents and that young drivers are not the main culprits; the report suggests that motorists aged 26 to 40 years old are the most likely to be distracted.
As a driver, you have a responsibility to yourself and to other road users which means that distractions should be avoided where possible. If you must take a phone call or text, pull into a safe spot instead of risking taking the call while driving. It only takes one second for you to look away from the road, but you could be risking being involved in an accident during this short time. If in-car gadgets have distracted someone else and you have been injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation.
What you can do about it
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and someone else was at fault, you could make a personal injury compensation claim. If you are in need of some advice or need help gathering evidence to support you case, call our team at Accident Advice Helpline. We have a team of expert advisors and specialist personal injury solicitors on hand to help you if you have suffered injuries in a road accident. To get in touch, call us free on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim today.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown