Some of the car accident claims in Kilwinning could be prevented if people switched off their mobile phones before getting in their car. It’s not enough to simply not answer your phone. That’s not the only thing that causes distraction. So does simply looking at it. The law preventing using mobiles while driving was first brought into being on the 1st of December 2003.
It carries with a 3-point fine, and a £60 fixed penalty fine which can rise to a much as £1,000 if your case goes to court. If the driver in question is driving a bus, a coach or a goods vehicle, the figure can rise to £2.500. In worst case scenarios, where the outcome of using a mobile while driving causes serious injury, the culprit could face a 2-year prison sentence.
Exceptions to the law banning the use of mobiles while driving
There are some exceptions to this law. If you need to make a 999 call or any other call because of a genuine emergency, this may permitted subject to the view of the police officer who stops and questions you, or a decision made in court. It may also be permitted in situations where it is deemed to be impractical to stop. Having said that, it is still illegal to use your phone to make or answer calls during on-the-road stops such as at traffic lights or in traffic jams.
Many drivers flout the mobile phone law
Unfortunately, many drivers constantly flout the law. According to statistics, 21% of drivers still use their mobiles while driving, or hold them when pulled up at traffic lights. The worst offenders by age group are those between 17 and 44 years old. Only 7% of people aged 70 or more use their mobiles while driving.
Mobile phones in hands-free mode
Although it is not specifically against the law to use a mobile in a hands-free capacity while driving, if you cause an accident it may be construed that using the phone meant that you were not in proper control of your vehicle. You could be convicted of dangerous driving.
Raising car accident claims in Kilwinning via the online services of Accident Advice Helpline
People who are raising car accident claims in Kilwinning having been injured by another driver who caused the accident because they were using a mobile phone at the time, can launch a claim for injury compensation via the online ‘no win, no fee*’ compensation claim service that we at Accident Advice Helpline provide. This also includes free use of our website based HOW MUCH compensation calculator which will show you within just 30 seconds how much compensation you could be awarded.
Our user friendly customer care service
To make our service as user friendly as possible we also provide a toll-free helpline service which you can access 24/7. Simply call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile phone.
Date Published: 30th November 2014