Talking on a mobile phone whilst driving is a proven cause of car accidents in the UK and may well have been a contributory factor in your car accident in West Lothian. If you feel that this is the case then you may genuinely believe that another driver was at fault for your car accident in West Lothian. Accident Advice Helpline can help you with this situation. We can provide you with a no-win, no-fee legal service to pursue your personal injury claim for compensation.
Do you feel that talking on a mobile phone caused your car accident in West Lothian?
If the answer to this question is YES then the next question is who was the person who was talking on the mobile phone? If you caused the accident because you were talking on a mobile phone then you will not be able to make a personal injury claim via Accident Advice Helpline’s no-win, no-fee scheme. However, if another driver caused your car accident in West Lothian because they were talking on a mobile phone then you are perfectly within your rights to contact Accident Advice Helpline and ask us to help you start a personal injury claim.
Mobile phone usage could easily cause a car accident in West Lothian or in any other part of the UK. This is because the driver is being distracted by the mobile phone conversation instead of concentrating solely on their driving. They may even be holding the phone if it is not the hands free version. Using a mobile phone whilst driving also often involves the performance of secondary tasks that can cause even more distraction for the driver.
Some people try to write things down whilst driving. These can include writing down information such as a telephone numbers or dates on a piece of paper at the same time as driving AND holding a mobile phone! No wonder this causes a car accident in West Lothian! The various forms of distraction caused by using a mobile phone can affect driving performance in several ways. Several major studies have been conducted to investigate this in more detail and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have concluded that the use of mobile phones whilst driving can cause drivers to have problems with:
- Maintaining the lane position of the vehicle
- Maintaining an appropriate and predictable speed
- Maintaining an appropriate following distance from the vehicle in front
- Reaction times
- Judgement and acceptance of safe gaps in traffic – for example when pulling out at junctions
- General awareness of other traffic
All of this adds up to a very dangerous situation and a car accident could easily be the result. If you have been the innocent victim of any type of accident, call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Emma Matthews