Is a call or text really worth it?
Posted on April 3rd 2019
In recent years, mobile phone use behind the wheel has become a huge road safety issue.
A substantial body of research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone whilst driving is a significant distraction and substantially increases the risk of the driver crashing.
In the United States, where data is readily available, it has been reported that almost 25% of accidents are caused by texting and driving, with texting being six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving.
With the majority of drivers owning a mobile phone, it is against the law to hold a phone or satellite navigation system whilst driving or riding a motor vehicle. Not only is it unsafe for you, your passengers and other road users, you can also face prosecution, regardless of whether you are stopped at lights or queuing. The law even applies when you are supervising a learner driver.
When can you use a phone?
You can only use a hand-held phone if you are parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it is unsafe to stop.
Did you know you can be penalised by 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving?
You will also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years, in addition you can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.
If you have driven carelessly or dangerously, the penalties are far worse in terms of public health and prosecution.
Oliver & Co have acted for numerous clients over the years who have been the victims of accidents caused by the Defendants use of mobile phones whilst driving. Solicitors have a number of avenues open to them in proving that the Defendant was on their phone at the time of an accident.
If you have had an accident that was not your fault and you suspect the responsible driver was on their phone, give us a call (obviously when safe to do so!) and we’ll see if we can help you.
Oliver & Co Solicitors have acted for thousands of road traffic accident clients over the last 40 years and are specialists in their field. In addition we are members of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society and offer excellent customer service as can be seen from our Trustpilot reviews. Our telephone number is 01244 312306. We are based in the heart of Chester and offer free customer parking for our clients’ convenience.
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