When you have just had a car accident in Dundee City that was not your fault then you are, quite rightly, fixated on the hours and days following the crash. You will probably be in pain and discomfort and will be in contact with Accident Advice Helpline to get your personal injury claim underway. They can get you the best levels of compensation for your car accident in Dundee City. However, you should also be thinking back to the minutes BEFORE your accident as this is where the situation that caused the accident in the first place arose. When they do this, many people realise that the driver who caused their accident was talking on a mobile phone. If the driver who caused your car accident in Dundee City was talking on a mobile phone then this will be highly relevant to your personal injury claim.
Did a mobile phone cause your car accident in Dundee City?
Talking on a mobile phone is a form of driver distraction and has the potential to cause a car accident in Dundee City or indeed in any other part of the UK. Using a mobile phone causes:
- Visual (seeing) driver distraction
- Auditory (hearing) driver distraction
- Cognitive (thinking) driver distraction
- Biomechanical (doing) driver distraction
Physical and visual distraction are at their most serious when a hand-held phone is being used but cannot be completely eliminated by using a hands-free phone. Drivers using both types of phone will have to look away from the road and take their hands off the wheel to reach for the phone and to make a connection. This is true if they are dialling out or are receiving an incoming call. Handheld phones have the additional biomechanical distraction because you have to drive one handed while holding the phone.
Auditory (hearing) distraction can be caused by a mobile phone as well and could cause a car accident in Dundee City when the driver is startled by a phone ringing. The auditory distraction continues into the phone conversation itself. When you are using a mobile phone in a car the sound quality and reception can be very variable and this makes the distraction even worse because the driver is concentrating very hard on the phone conversation rather than on the road. This evidence supports the claim that even hands-free mobile phones present significant distraction for a driver.
Numerous studies have been carried out which have carefully investigated the effect of using a mobile phone on a driver’s ability to drive safely and the consensus is that it is not safe at all. However, the studies have not all agreed on the finer details of how this works.