Driving while distracted can cause various problems for other road users, and could cause an accident which results in a fatality or serious injuries. Looking away from the road for even a second can be enough to cause a collision, which means that drivers should always stay as aware of their surroundings as possible. This means anticipating potential hazards and staying aware of what other road users are doing, including pedestrians and cyclists.
Distractions come in many forms, including passengers in the vehicle, music or changing radio stations, sat-navs and mobile phones. Recent surveys have shown that a large number of drivers are still using their mobile phones at the wheel, resulting in many people being injured by a texting driver.
The use of mobile phones at the wheel may be tempting for many drivers, but there are steps that motorists can take to avoid being distracted. Keeping your phone in the glove box or in a handbag can help you to avoid picking it up, and keeping it on silent mode can also help you to avoid answering calls or texts while driving. However, there may still be other road users who are not quite so cautious while driving. If you have been injured by a texting driver, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Mobile phone use at the wheel
Making or taking a call while driving means that your attention is not fully on the road and could result in a collision with another vehicle. The best thing to do is to avoid using your phone and try to pull over if there is an emergency call. If you have been driving carefully but someone else was using their mobile phone, you may have sustained injuries in a collision. If a texting driver has put your safety and life at risk and you have been injured as a result, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
How to begin your claim
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was the fault of another motorist, you could make a personal injury claim. Your injuries may be debilitating and you may be suffering trauma after the crash, all because another driver was distracted. Where there is evidence of another driver’s negligence, you can get in touch with our team here at Accident Advice Helpline. We specialise in personal injury claims and can offer you some no-obligation advice on your case. Just pick up the phone and call us free on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown