Driven to distraction
Did you know that you are 4 times more likely to crash when using a mobile phone? You may think that sounds about right and this does not apply to you because you don’t use your mobile anyway, you use your hands free kit when driving. The risks are the same. The increased risk lasts for up to 10 minutes after the call.We have many distractions when driving but tests have shown that our phone is amongst the worst.
Research by the RAC has shown that texting whilst driving can be more dangerous than being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Reactions times for 17 to 24 year olds slowed by 35% when texting whilst driving. This test was carried out in 2008 before the wide scale use of smart phones. Just 5 years later people are using their phones to get on line, access social media as well as text and talk. That’s a lot of potential for distraction.Driving is one of the most dangerous things that people do and yet many of us don’t take it seriously. So now you know a little more are you going to make any changes? You can pledge to change your driving habits – go to http://www.brake.org.uk/pledge.Why don’t you take the driver distraction test http://think.direct.gov.uk/drivingchallenge/If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident you should remember to take the following steps:-
- Exchange details with the other driver involved including telephone numbers, name and address, registration numbers and if possible insurance details.
- Make a note of the time and date of the accident.
- Take photographs of the vehicles and accident location.
- Write down the details of the other vehicle involved ie model, colour and year together with the amount of damage incurred.
- If anyone witnessed the accident, get their name and address.
- Don’t get into discussions about who was in the wrong.
- Report the accident to the Police.
- Inform your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Seek medical advice if you have suffered an injury.
If you are involved in accident which isn’t your fault it is important to instruct a Solicitor to assist you in bringing a claim for compensation. As well as claiming compensation a Solicitor can also assist in arranging services such as physiotherapy to aid your recovery.