Are you one of the unfortunate people who have been involved in a car accident in East Dunbartonshire that was not your own fault. If so, do you know what the other driver was doing to cause the accident. Were they under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Were they speeding or were they distracted. Distraction for drivers comes in many forms and as modern drivers we are all exposed to distractions every time we get behind the wheel.
Legal firms like Accident Advice Helpline are well aware of this. They have phone calls from people who have been injured in car accidents all over the country. Perhaps you have rung them yourself after a car accident in East Dunbartonshire. Accident Advice Helpline know that two of the most common forms of distraction these days is talking on a mobile phone (hands free or hand held) and texting.
Talking on a mobile phone and your car accident in East Dunbartonshire
If the driver that caused your car accident in East Dunbartonshire was talking on a mobile phone at the time of the accident then they may have been distracted. Several studies, conducted over many years, have shown that:
- Physical distraction (doing something) and cognitive distraction (thinking about something) can significantly affect a driver’s concentration whilst driving.
- This can be demonstrated by changes in a driver’s ability to maintain speed, throttle control and lateral position on the road.
- The way that a driver searches the road for hazards (visual search patterns), their reaction times and their decision-making processes are all altered by talking on a phone whilst driving.
- This can increase the risk of being involved in a collision by up to four times.
- Drivers are usually not even aware that talking on a mobile phone is having such an impact on their driving ability.
Texting and your car accident in East Dunbartonshire
The effect of texting on driving has not been studied to such an extent but common sense tells us that it is not a good idea! A survey conducted around 10 years ago of 2,000 drivers in the United Kingdom showed that drivers consider sending a text message to be the most distracting activity that you can carry out whilst driving. They reported that it was more distracting than talking on a hands free phone or eating. Yet some international studies have found that up to 30 percent of drivers still do it! This is a typical example of a risky behaviour that people know is dangerous yet they still go ahead and do it. If your accident was caused by a driver who was texting instead of concentrating on the road then you may be able to start a personal injury claim for compensation.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry