Accidents on the road can be the result of many factors but a main issue among drivers is the use of mobile phones at the wheel. Despite the fact that it is against road traffic laws to use a mobile phone while driving, many people cannot tear themselves away from that important phone call or funny test.
Although some people may think it is a minor offence or some may not even be aware that it is an offence, using a mobile phone can cause you to be distracted while on the road which can lead to a serious accident. One of the top reasons for road traffic collisions and accidents is failing to look, which could mean that people are distracted by the ringing of a mobile phone or are actually using their phone while driving.
A good tip is to leave the phone on silent mode or to turn it off completely while in a vehicle. If you are awaiting an urgent phone call, it is best not to be driving when it is due to occur. If you are afraid that there could be an emergency situation, you can make periodic stops to check your phone.
It only takes a minute to pull over if you must use your phone. However, the best way to avoid being distracted is to keep the phone out of sight altogether. Put it in the glove box or in your handbag for the time being. If you have been involved in a road accident with a driver on a mobile, you may wish to get some representation if you plan on making a compensation claim.
Avoiding accidents on the road
If you are a careful driver, adjust your speed appropriately, do not use a mobile phone at the wheel and are respectful of other road users, you lower your chances of being involved in an accident.
However, there are other road users who may not be as cautious as you are, which means that you still run the risk of injury if there is a reckless driver on the road. If you have been involved in a road accident with a driver on a mobile, you may be entitled to compensation.
How to get representation
Accident Advice Helpline is able to arrange representation for you should you choose to pursue your case with us. Give us a call on our 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice from one of our experts. If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by another road user, you may be entitled to a cash sum for any injuries sustained.
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown