Which distractions can cause accidents or a whiplash injury?
Being distracted while driving can be almost as bad as drinking and driving. Distractions cause your reaction times to be slower and stop you paying as close attention to the road. When you are driving you should always be looking out for potential hazards, so that you can start to avoid them long before they actually pose a risk.
When you are distracted, only part of your mind is focused on your driving and the road around you, while a large portion will be thinking about whatever other activity you are doing. You need to avoid all distractions on the road at all times, and make sure that you pull over if it is entirely necessary to do something other than drive.
If you are distracted while driving, and this can be proved following an accident, you may lose your licence or at the very least your no claims bonus, as you will have to pay out on your insurance. You will also lose your right to claim compensation for any whiplash injury in Blyth that you may sustain as a result of an accident if you were distracted.
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in Blyth and the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation through Accident Advice Helpline. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to speak to the team about your accident and the whiplash injury in Blyth you have suffered. They can tell you how likely it is that a compensation claim will be successful, as well as passing you over to an injury lawyer who can help.
Distractions to avoid and why
- Talking on the phone. This is a major cause of accidents, as you will be thinking about what the other person is saying and focusing more on the conversation than what you are doing. If you don’t have a hands-free headset for the phone, then this is even more dangerous. Turn off your phone before you start to drive to avoid distractions. Even if the phone rings while you are driving, you won’t be able to answer it so there is no point having it on.
- Smoking. Smoking in the car can be unpleasant for your passengers, and is also a major risk for accidents. Not only will you be focusing on your cigarette while you drive, but the hot ash could fall into your lap and cause you to take your eyes off the road while trying to put it out.
- Eating. Eating means constantly taking your eyes off of the road and taking your hands off of the wheel to feed yourself. Take a break if you get hungry.
- Playing music too loudly. This causes your brain to struggle to function properly, as the music attempts to take precedence over anything else you’re focusing on.