Texting and using the road safely
Whether you are a driver, a cyclist or a pedestrian, it is important to know how you can stay in contact with your friends and family whilst on the move, and ensure that you do not cause a Beddau car accident. If you do cause a Beddau car accident and you were texting or on the phone at the time, the accident is likely to be immediately blamed on you, making you liable for insurance and compensation payouts. Even more seriously, you could lose your license or even go to prison if you are thought to have caused a serious car accident.
Claiming compensation for a Beddau car accident
If the team feels that your car accident merits a compensation claim, they can pass you over to a personal injury lawyer, who will work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis to get you the compensation you deserve. Your lawyer will also work entirely on your behalf to process your claim, meaning that you shouldn’t have to go to court.
- Turn your phone off. The easiest way to avoid texting whilst you are driving is to turn the phone off. If you are taking a fairly long trip and you hear your phone receive a text message then it is likely that you will be unable to go the distance without checking your phone. If your phone is off then it removes the temptation to check it.
- Send texts before you drive. When you get into the car, send any texts or make any phone calls that you need to before you turn the car on and start moving. As soon as your message is sent, turn the phone off and don’t check it again until you arrive at your destination.
- Use your passengers. If you desperately need your phone to hand, and to be able to read and send text messages while you are on the move, pass your phone to a passenger who can read the message out to you and you can tell them what to send in response.
- Pull over. Again, if you must have the phone on and hear a text message that you think you should read, make sure that you pull over somewhere first. This should help you to prioritise which messages are important as well, as it takes a long time to find somewhere to pull over and send a text every time you get a message.
If you have been involved in a road accident which was not your fault, and the other driver was texting, then you should have a pretty good case for a compensation claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your accident, and get help deciding whether or not you want to proceed with a claim.
Date Published: 1st June 2014
Author: David Brown