The government ‘Think’ campaigns have been very successful in bringing to people’s attention the risks of driving inappropriately, whether that is by using excess speed, not wearing a seatbelt, or drink driving. With a mobile phone campaign forming an important part of their strategy for safer driving, why do so many people still use their mobile phones whilst at the wheel?
According to the government’s ‘Think’ campaign against mobile phone use whilst driving, the odds of crashing are four times higher when drivers use a mobile phone at the wheel. The ban on using mobile phones in cars came into force in December 2003, but drivers can still be seen using their phone whilst driving.
A spokesperson from top personal injury settlements company, Accident Advice Helpline, said,
“It is often a case of drivers feeling invincible – that an accident will never happen to them. The use of mobile phones whilst driving features highly in our caseload of RTA compensation claims, with many victims of such recklessness making a non fault accident claim due to the severity of the injuries caused by the guilty party.”
He went on to add, “It is impossible to drive safely at the same time as texting and even answering a call is very distracting. Drivers should switch their phone to voicemail before they set off, or at the very least, park safely before using it.”
It is evident that many drivers either do not understand the law regarding mobile phone use, deliberately choose to ignore it, or think that they are still in full control of the car when using their phone.
Accident Advice Helpline can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. The company offers legal advice to anyone thinking of making a non fault accident claim against a negligent third party.
Date Published: April 10, 2013
Author: David Brown