Mobile phones and driving
Although most mobile phones now come with a ‘hands-free’ kit which allows you to talk on the phone whilst you are driving, this can still be quite dangerous whilst you are on the road. If you are talking on a mobile phone and driving then you are not paying full attention to the road ahead of you, and are more likely to get into an accident and sustain a whiplash injury in Chiswick or other injury.
Not only should you be focusing on the road to protect yourself and your passengers, you should also be looking out for other drivers. If you do get into an accident and cause another driver to sustain a whiplash injury in Chiswick, you may be eligible to pay out compensation for this drivers injuries. You will also have to pay out on your insurance for any damage to their vehicle.
if you are involved in an accident which was not your fault, with a driver who was on the phone, you may be able to claim compensation for any whiplash injury in Chiswick that you have suffered. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more about the claims process, and how to get compensation for your whiplash injury in Chiswick or any other injury.
The law on mobile phones
You must not use a handheld phone when you are driving at any time. This means if you are driving a car or motorbike you should never answer a call and be speaking on the phone with one hand whilst the other is used to continue driving. If you must answer a call whilst on the road, pull over somewhere safe to speak and then only continue driving once you have ended the call and put the phone away. You may legally use a hands-free set to answer the phone and speak whilst you are driving, however if the police think that you are distracted whilst driving you may still be pulled over. Similarly, if you get into an accident and were using a hands-free set at the time, you may find that you get the blame for the accident.
Penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving
If you are caught using a mobile phone whilst you are on the road you are likely to be pulled over and punished. You will get an automatic fixed penalty notice there and then, which means 3 points on your licence and a fine of up to £100. You will lose your licence if you get more than 6 points on your licence, and any points will also affect your insurance, making your premium more expensive. If you are caught more than once using the phone, you can get a harsher punishment of a fine of up to £1000 and be disqualified from driving.