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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Dangerous driver distractions revealed

    Motorists are driven to distraction by old technology as well as new, a survey warns.

    Although in-car ‘infotainment’ is becoming more and more popular, some drivers are taking their attention away from the job at hand by fiddling with radio stations, or even just dealing with difficult passengers.

    That’s according to a poll of more than 18,000 motorists, which also lists eating sandwiches and having a drink among the main distractions for drivers.

    Fatal consequences

    Such distractions are leading to near-misses or full-blown road traffic accidents, the poll participants admit.

    Government figures show that driver distraction was associated with at least 88 deaths in 2012.

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    New technology

    Operating a sat nav and talking on a mobile phone predictably made the list of the main attention-snatchers, although actually placed below those incidents involving “old technology”.

    Texting and emailing were also identified in the AA/Populus survey as sure-fire ways for drivers to lose their sense of awareness when behind the wheel.

    But almost all of those polled – 87% – recognise it is the driver alone who is responsible for making sure that new technology does not divert the eyes away from the road.

    AA response

    AA president Edmund King says the dangers posed by technologies should not be forgotten despite the seemingly greater risk posed by human-influenced distraction.

    He says: “The figures for sat navs and mobile phones give a warning for what might happen in the future as ‘infotainment’ and other technology become more commonplace.”

    Speaking of the “temptation factor” to use such gadgets when behind the wheel, he said it is even more crucial for manufacturers to add ‘smart’ features to in-car equipment which renders it unusable when a car is moving.

    Personal injury caused by car accidents

    Car accidents can cause all manner of injuries, from whiplash to brain, head and facial injures. If you’ve been hurt in an car accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline deals with such claims every day and can advise you on your potential claim. Its 30-second form will tell you how much you could claim or alternatively to discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: July 23, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Car accident claims

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