Accident Advice Helpline are the organisation that help people to make a personal injury claim after they have been injured in a car accident in Dumfries and Galloway that was not their own fault. They can take care of all the legal complexities of the personal injury claim and let you, the injured person, focus on getting better. Once you have called Accident Advice Helpline they will try and establish that another person was at fault for your accident. If you caused the accident yourself then you cannot claim.
Who was at fault for your car accident in Dumfries and Galloway?
It may be very obvious who was at fault for your car accident in Dumfries and Galloway or it may be a bit harder to sort out. One of the leading causes of car accidents these days is driver distraction and this may have played a role in your car accident in Dumfries and Galloway. It has begun to worry the car safety authorities to such an extent that they are conducting extensive research into driver distraction and what causes it.
Studies like this led to a law becoming passed which made it illegal to drive whilst talking on a hand held mobile phone. However, evidence is slowly emerging which may indicate that talking on a hands free mobile phone is also dangerous. One study carried out in the late 1990s used a driving simulator to examine the effects of driving whilst using a hands-free mobile phone. The study was fairly small, only thirty people participated. They were seated in a driving simulator and fitted with a heart rate sensor whilst they completed four simulated drives. During the drives they had to deal with an incoming call twice. The effects on driving were measured by recording the mean speed, changes in use of the accelerator pedal travel, brake pedal travel, number of gear changes, and the number of overtaking manoeuvres.
This detailed study showed that speed and variation in using the accelerator pedal were lower while using the mobile phone, but the mean heart rate increased during phone use. The study also showed that changes in heart rate were a response to the cognitive (thinking) distraction that we all experience when we are using a mobile phone – this applies to hands free and hand held models. The researchers concluded that this was a very important finding. Talking on a mobile requires a lot of thought, we are thinking about what the other person is saying (possibly straining to hear) and then thinking about what we are going to say back. This means that we are not thinking about our driving as much as we should be and driver distraction can be the result.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry