Unless your mobile phone is being used with a hands-free kit, using it in your car is illegal. With that said, most of us have probably seen other drivers using their mobiles while driving their vehicles. Some may only do so when stopped at traffic lights, or waiting in a queue of traffic, but even in these situations it is illegal to use a mobile in a car.
The consequences of using your phone while driving are not difficult to work out. For instance, as soon as you take your eyes off the road to look at your phone – whatever the reason may be for doing so – you cannot know what is going on in front of you. Someone could step into the road. Someone might pull out of a driveway. You may not notice the car in front has stopped.
Accidents caused by mobile phone use
While most drivers are diligent about their use of mobile phones, and do not use them unless they are safely parked with their engines switched off, there are a few who are happy to use their phones while driving. We know this is illegal, but for some, this is clearly not enough to prevent them using their phones in this situation.
Unfortunately, there have been situations where people have been injured because someone else wasn’t paying attention. Even a moment’s distraction, caused by looking at the mobile phone screen or trying to answer or make a call, is all it can take to trigger an accident.
Recovering from injuries caused by another person
Some people know the consequences of using your phone while driving only too well. These are the people who were taking good care driving, only to be hit by someone whose attention was on their phone instead of what was going on around them. Some are pedestrians, and others are cyclists. Regardless of how they were travelling, they were injured by someone who wasn’t paying attention.
Does this describe your situation? If so, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. Our free enquiry line is open 24/7, and you are also able to get instant facts by trying out our 30-second online test to seek some answers. It doesn’t matter how minor your injuries were; if they were caused by someone else’s negligence, you could claim compensation as a result.