By Becci Snow, Chartered Legal Executive at Hudgell Solicitors
This Wednesday, August 19, marks Injury Prevention Day, a day when the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is urging us all to think about what we can do to help prevent needless injuries and accidents across the UK.
This year, APIL has quite rightly been placing a major focus on the dangers of tailgating – driving too closely to the car in front – in its work.
It is an offence it has labelled ‘as socially unacceptable as driving without a seatbelt’, and as specialists in handling thousands of car accident injury claims each year, we at Hudgell Solicitors agree entirely.
Using your mobile phone whilst driving has been illegal since December 2003. Whether you’re caught at the traffic lights when your car isn’t moving, or you’re doing 70mph down the motorway, if you’re caught with a phone in your hand at the wheel you can expect a minimum of a £100 fine and three points on your licence. Unfortunately, figures released for 2013 show that in 22% of fatal road traffic accidents, mobile phones were a factor. According to MP, Robert Goodwill, “the problem isn’t just drivers making phone calls, it is their use of phones to text or use the internet.” But what is it that we’re doing that can’t wait?