Some people are unaware of the law with regard to using mobile phones when driving. Certainly, you see people virtually every day using a mobile phone while on the roads, and yet it is very dangerous to do so and illegal too.
As the law stands you would be breaking the law if you used a mobile phone while driving and if you are holding the phone while doing so. It is not enough to pull over to answer a call or make a call either – you must switch the engine off otherwise you will still be breaking the law.
The only way you can use a phone while driving is if you use a hands-free phone. However do not assume you can use hands-free mobile phones when driving without any danger of committing an offence. You should still be in full control of the vehicle. If you are driving poorly and are seen doing so while using a hands-free device you will still be breaking the law. As you can see this is worth knowing about because you could easily pull over with the engine running and break the law, or to lose concentration while using a hands-free model and break the law.
Can you get compensated for any injuries you suffer?
It may do, but the best course of action is always to get in contact with a professional injury compensation lawyer. They will have the right experience to assess what occurred and when, and whether the driver involved was indeed using a mobile phone at the wheel. Evidence of negligence must exist in these situations, rather than simply being aware of negligence. A mobile phone is a potential hazard which is why it is illegal to use one while driving.
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Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims