With an increase in road traffic accidents caused by distractions from technology such as mobile phones or Sat Navs, our Personal Injury Lawyer Julie Donovan comments on staying safe on the road.
Last year the Government reported 165,100 casualties on UK roads. This is no surprise to our expert personal injury team who are experienced in helping victims of road traffic accidents through the claims process so that they can access the medical care and rehabilitation they need to get back on the road to recovery after an accident.
Sadly many of the cases that we have seen may have been avoidable if people had taken greater care and responsibility. At Blake Morgan Injury Group, we welcomed the penalty being increased in 2017 for those caught behind the wheel with a mobile phone but there is much more that needs to be done to reduce our road accident statistics. Using a mobile phone while driving is becoming as socially unacceptable as drink driving, but there are other distractions that we regularly see resulting in accidents on the road.
While new laws make it illegal to use a hand held mobile to follow a map, Sat Navs can be equally dangerous if not used correctly. The motor industry is driving change and the majority of new cars have built in Sat Navs, which is ideal rather than balancing your phone on the dash board or sticking the phone or Sat Nav to the window. Simple actions can make your journey much more safer and enjoyable – always program your route into the Sat Nav before setting off and do not try and program or reprogram the route whilst driving as it could result in an accident. Pulling over to answer a call or reprogramme your Sat Nav will only take a couple of minutes and could save your or someone else’s life.
We also need to raise greater awareness among pedestrians of the dangers of being distracted by technology. I see parents every day walking along with heads down looking at their mobile phones whilst the children are running on ahead with no supervision or pedestrians stepping into the road without taking due care as they are glued to their mobile. Those of us who use headphones also create potential danger if they are unaware of the noises around them.
Research shows headphones can not only cause hearing damage but can affect the quality of driving as the external noise will be masked and one will not be as alert to what is happening around them. When driving you should concentrate on driving and have no distractions, multi-tasking is dangerous and causes delayed reaction. It could cost you your life or you could take another’s life.
If you or a family member have been affected by careless behaviour on the roads, our expert Personal Injury Lawyers will listen to your case and advise on the best possible course of action. We can help you claim compensation for road traffic accident injuries if the accident was caused by the fault of another motorist, person or party. You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver, a passenger, a pedestrian or if you were riding a motorbike a bicycle or a horse at the time of the accident.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident, remember the following advice:
- Take note of the registration numbers of any cars involved
- Find out if the drivers have car insurance and request this information. If they refuse, this should be reported to the police
- Our dual qualified staff work with medical professionals to understand the extent of your injuries but if able, take photos of any injuries you have sustained alongside pictures of the scene which may help as evidence
- Write down as much information as you can about the accident.
- Seek medical advice as soon as possible
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