Driver distractions are a leading cause of road traffic accidents and near misses in Sandwich, with around 80% of accidents and 65% of near misses involving some form of driver distraction.
Types of driver distractions
The principal actions that cause distracted driving and lead to road traffic accidents are:
• Mobile phone use
• Looking for an object inside of the vehicle
• Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle
• Reading maps
• Personal grooming
If you frequently engage in distracted driving, you are more likely to be involved in an accident. This is because driver distractions impair your awareness, decision making skills and driving performance.
Avoiding distractions while you are driving
When you are driving, the condition of the roads and the behaviours of your fellow road users can change abruptly, leaving you with little or no time to respond. When using the roads, you should always follow these rules:
• Stay focused
• Pay attention
• Expect the unexpected
In order to stay as safe as possible, you should also follow these measures:
• Plan your route in advance
• Check that your vehicle is roadworthy
• Instruct your passengers to wear their seat belts
• Refrain from drinking and driving
• Take regular breaks on long journeys
Hiring an accident lawyer in Sandwich following a road traffic accident
If you sustain injuries in a road traffic accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim. You may choose a local accident lawyer in Sandwich or a national firm.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our lawyers have a wealth of experience in recovering compensation for accidents on the roads, and they can provide you with extensive advice and expert assistance on all aspects of your claim.
To make a successful claim, you will need to work with your accident lawyer to prove that the other driver was responsible for the accident. If you are able to do so, you may receive compensation for your pain, suffering and inability to enjoy life. You may also be able to recover your financial losses, such as your lost earnings and travel expenses. Although you may choose to use a lawyer in Sandwich, Accident Advice Helpline is able to offer over a decade of experience in this field, which is something a local firm may not be able to match.
If you would like to make a personal injury claim, you must contact an accident lawyer in Sandwich within three years of the date of your accident. You can visit our website and take the 30-second test to see if you have a valid claim. To instruct a lawyer to act for you, please call our Freephone helpline and let us look into your case.
Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 13th March 2014
Author: David Brown