If every driver paid total attention to their driving, the number of road traffic accidents would be drastically reduced. Every year, the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline find that they are being asked to help people from the Sheen area and all over the UK with compensation claims that arose because a driver was distracted. Driver distraction and speeding are the two most common causes of road traffic accidents. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 if you would like to claim for your road traffic accident.
Accident Advice Helpline provide legal support for the people who have been injured in road traffic accidents that were not their fault. Someone was at fault for the accident, and it is this person who has to pay out the compensation. In practice, compensation payouts for road traffic accidents are usually paid out of motor insurance policies. This is why we all take out comprehensive or third party motor insurance when we buy a car.
Accident Advice Helpline will set out to show who was at fault for the accident, and this may involve looking at why the driver acted as they did. Driver distraction can be a key element of this.
Driver distraction in road traffic accident cases
There are many things that can distract a driver, which may be inside or outside of the motor vehicle. A distracted driver is not watching the road properly and does not have sufficient time to take evasive action. They can also let their speed increase without them even realising it. Drivers are most often distracted by:
- Talking on a mobile phone – It is now illegal to hold the mobile phone handset when you are driving, but even talking on a hands free set can be distracting, especially if the conversation is stressful and taking a lot of your attention. It is especially distracting to be answering a mobile phone or dialling because it involves you taking your eyes off the road for a considerable period whilst you are paying attention to the phone.
- Eating and drinking can be very distracting. If you are drinking, you could spill the drink and get very distracted as it goes all over your clothes. Attempting to sort this out whilst you are driving is extremely distracting.
- Drivers became very distracted when they are using the controls of the car stereo or radio. Adjusting a song on an iPod or changing a CD requires you to take your eyes off the road. This results in you not looking where you are going for several seconds.
- Smoking is another distracting activity, as it requires you to take one hand off the wheel and may require more concentration when you are lighting or putting it out.
- Some people read or write when they are driving and this is very distracting. You have to look at the page for several seconds in order to focus on it and this is too long to take your eyes of the road safely.