You know that your road traffic accident was not your own fault. You have contacted Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we have made a start on organising your claim for compensation. At least you now know that your personal injury lawyer in Sheerness will be negotiating to get you as high a compensation settlement as they can.
But what caused the accident in the first place? Many road traffic accidents are caused by speeding and driver distraction. Driver distraction is where the driver was not concentring on the road in the way that they should have been. Sometimes a driver only has to be distracted for a few seconds, and that is enough to cause a road traffic accident.
Once you are found to be at fault for an accident, you will have to pay compensation. The compensation is awarded for the injuries that the other people in the accident have suffered and the expenses that they have incurred because they were injured.
The last thing that you want to do is to be responsible for a road traffic accident yourself in the future, so it would be useful for you to know the major causes of driver distraction and how to avoid them.
Avoiding road traffic accidents caused by driver distraction
One of the chief causes of driver distraction is talking on a mobile phone. The dangers of using a handset when you are driving are well known and this practice is now illegal, yet thousands of people still do it every day. When you are holding a mobile phone and talking into it, you are not concentrating properly on the road. Answering a call and dialling are especially distracting. Even if you are using a hands-free kit, it is still possible to get engrossed in a conversation and take your mind off your driving. The only completely safe way of preventing mobile phones distracting you is to turn them off when you are driving.
Eating, drinking and smoking are all distracting activities and should be avoided when you are driving. They all involve having to do something with your hands other than holding the steering wheel. They are also likely to involve taking your eyes off the road for a short time. If you drop food, spill a drink or drop a cigarette, this is very distracting and certainly involves you taking your mind off driving for a considerable time.
Babies and children can get very restless and distressed on car journeys, and this can be very distracting for the driver. It is always best to have another adult with you so that they can deal with the child or baby whilst you concentrate on the road. Make sure that the child or baby is comfortable and not hungry or thirsty before you set off – they are more likely to be settled and may even fall asleep.