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Preparing Your Car for Winter


The winter weather can often present drivers with a number of dangerous road conditions. Snow and ice can push your vehicle to its mechanical limit so it is important to know that it can handle these tough conditions. You should always be prepared; in case you’re faced with a dangerous situation or get held up in lengthy traffic jams.

According to national statistics, breakdowns double in the UK throughout the winter period due to adverse conditions. Research has found that drivers are six times as likely to have a crash, and this number increases when ice and snow are an added hazard. Insurance claims also tend to increase around this time of year as a result of these added dangers.

To make sure you are all set, Hudgell Solicitors have created a guide to help you ensure your car is road-worthy for the colder months.

Inspect your car weekly

Carry out routine checks on your vehicle over the winter period. Adding antifreeze to your engine stops the cooling system from freezing. You can test the effectiveness of your antifreeze by purchasing a tester which costs approximately £5.

Make sure that all lights are working and are clean. Dirt can often prevent a full glow from your vehicle.

Be aware of visibility

Throughout winter visibility can be a big issue for drivers. Weather can mean it’s difficult to see while driving and can also affect your vehicle directly. Icy windscreens can often take a while to de-frost, so you may want to consider placing a material sheet across the front and rear windows of your vehicle. A nylon cover should help prevent frost getting to the glass. Don’t pour boiling water over your windscreen as the difference in temperature can cause the glass to crack.

Use a handheld brush to clear away any excess snow or ice on top of your car that could dislodge and become a danger to other road users. Use a cloth to wipe awkward areas such as wing mirrors and in between your windscreen and bonnet.

The wet weather will mean that you will be frequently using your windscreen wipers. If your wipers are old, then you run the risk of smearing oil and dirt across your windscreen. Fill your washer bottle with a good concentration of antifreeze screen wash to make sure it doesn’t freeze up.

Regularly check your tyres

Research by tyre manufacturer, Continental, found that two-thirds of road users are unaware that winter tyres exist. Their research also revealed that 47% of motorists admit to failing to check their tyres before the winter snap.

Normal tyres can contribute to accidents as the compound used in the material hardens, which cause the tyre to lose grip. Winter tyres are specifically made to perform better under icy conditions; increasing the ability to stop over a much shorter distance.

Check the condition and pressure of your tyres to avoid the risk of skidding. The current legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm in the UK, but you may want to consider increasing this to 3mm over the winter months. This will also have the benefit of increasing your vehicle’s fuel efficiency meaning you’ll pay less at the pumps.

Always carry an emergency kit

This kit should contain survival essentials in case of a breakdown in blizzard-like conditions. If you happen to breakdown in the countryside, you could wait a long time before your vehicle is rescued, so always carry essentials in your boot. Your emergency kit should include the following:

  • Food and water
  • Spade
  • Warning triangle
  • Oil
  • Torch
  • Warm clothes
  • Ice scraper
  • Portable mobile phone charger
  • Puncture repair kit
  • First aid kit
  • Blanket

Be Alert

Motorists must be alert whilst driving through poor weather. Failing to do so can result in the driver putting themselves and others around them at risk. You should drive your vehicle at a steady speed if ice and snow is visible and use low gears to maintain traction. Use higher gears to avoid wheel spin and uphill climbs.

To understand more about UK driving habits, we recently conducted a survey into winter road safety and how well motorists understood the Highway Code. The findings can be found below:

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The findings highlight that understanding the Highway Code and inspecting your vehicle throughout the winter can help to prevent a serious accident. Not all motorists have experience of driving in icy conditions so you should prepare your car effectively but most importantly, remain alert and patient at all times.


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28/01/2019 1 Comment

Should motorists face fines for driving too close to cyclists?

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Speak to any cyclist who faces the daily commute to and from work in busy city centre rush hour traffic and they’ll tell you drivers have little concern for their safety on the roads.

However, on the other side of the coin, if you speak to vehicle drivers, they’ll no doubt refer to cyclists as an increasing nuisance, holding up their journeys and causing further delays with inconsiderate positioning on roads which are already frustratingly congested and slow.

Currently, the UK Highway Code calls for motorists to give cyclists ‘plenty of room’ – guidance left open far too much to interpretation and opinion.

Speak to a cyclist and I can bet their opinion of ‘plenty of room’ is vastly different to that of a London-based double decker bus driver!

Cyclists are by the very nature of their mode of transport in a very vulnerable position, and from my own experience, I know they often have to deal with aggressive driving styles from motorists who are simply keen to get from A to B as quickly as possible. It can be very intimidating, causing many to ditch the bikes and get behind the wheel and further add to congestion!

Now, Transport minister Robert Goodwill has confirmed the Government is reviewing the success of a change in approach in South Australia, where the law now says drivers must always remain at least a metre away from cyclists on the roads.

It comes as the latest statistics released by the Department for Transport underlined the need for change over here.

It revealed that cyclists were 17 times more likely to be killed on the road than those travelling in cars, and that for every one billion miles travelled on UK roads, 35 cyclists are killed in collisions, compared to just two motorists.

Many new cyclists are taking to the roads – fuelled by a drive for healthier lifestyles and with the aim of helping the environment – and probably have little experience of riding amongst busy traffic. This is only going to result in an increase in accidents and injuries without significant change.

We’ve recently seen superhighways launched in London and a ban on lorries entering the capital without the required safety equipment. Now this could be the next step nationally.

Talk at present is of drivers facing maximum fines of up to £5,000, if their infringement is viewed as careless driving, a figure which seems a little high given mobile phone use at the wheel – the biggest danger of the roads at present – is £1,000 for car drivers and £2,500 for drivers of buses or goods vehicles.

I’m sure the introduction of a new law over safe distances, no matter what size the fine, would make an immediate impact on the attitude of drivers towards cyclists, further educating them of the serious injuries they can cause.

As an expert in supporting people injured in road accidents to secure compensation and vital rehabilitation and treatment through my work for Hudgell Solicitors, I know accidents involving cyclists often lead to serious, long-term and life-changing injuries.

Injured parties need a great deal of support to help them not only recover physically, but often financially too, as they can face lengthy periods off work due to the injuries they suffer, or maybe left unable to work again.

Therefore any moves to improve safety are to be welcomed, openly debated, and if we think they will save lives, introduced.

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05/11/2018 1 Comment

5 questions to ask your road traffic accident solicitor

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If you are injured in a road traffic accident, it’s important that you take down the right details and find a personal injury solicitor to take on your case. Here we explore what a victim of a road traffic accident should do, and the important questions to ask to find the right solicitor.

What to do if you have a road accident?

Being involved in a road traffic accident is a sudden and often frightening experience. It can be difficult to gather your thoughts, but taking down as many details as possible is crucial. This information will be invaluable if you make a personal injury claim:

  • The registration number of the vehicles involved
  • The model, colour and year of the vehicles involved
  • The amount of immediate damage
  • The road name and exact location of your accident
  • Date and time of the accident
  • The weather conditions at the time of the accident

Once you have taken these notes you should:

  • Share your details with the other driver
  • Take contact details of any witnesses
  • Take photographs of the accident scene
  • Report the accident to the police
  • Inform your insurance company of the accident

Making a road traffic accident claim

If you have been injured through your road accident, you may consider making a personal injury claim.

Questions to ask your road traffic accident solicitor

To make sure you choose the right specialist for your personal injury claim, here are five initial questions to ask your solicitor:

1. Do you have experience in road traffic accident cases?

It may be that your car insurance company recommends a firm, but it is your prerogative to choose your own solicitor. Look for a solicitor’s practice with experience in road traffic accident cases. Personal injury solicitors will usually have a specialism that they have extensive experience in, so look for somebody who has dealt with road traffic accident cases in the past.

2. What details will you need from me?

A well-practised solicitor will know that a road traffic accident requires a number of intricate details. They should recommend that you collate as many of the details of your accident as possible, as listed under ‘what should I do if I have a road accident?’

At this point it’s also crucial that you mention any specific details. Perhaps you weren’t wearing a seatbelt at the time, or you feel you may have been partly to blame for the accident. It may also be that the car you collided with is not insured. Though you may be worried about the outcome of disclosing this information, it’s crucial that you and your solicitor discuss this early on. You can still make a personal injury claim, though it’s important you are honest and accurate so your solicitor can offer informed initial advice.

 3. Will my case be taken on a ‘no win no fee’ basis – without any extra costs?

If you have chosen a ‘no win no fee’ solicitor, the answer should be “yes”. Your solicitor should assure you that the firm he or she works for offers a genuine no-win no-fee service and that you don’t pay a penny if you lose your case.

Some solicitors might charge fees for medical reports related to your accident. These come from independent medical experts, so the cost may vary. The earlier you clarify any potential charges, the less of a surprise this will be during your case.

 4. How long will my case take and how much compensation could I get?

Without knowing your case, no solicitor should promise a sum or give a solid timescale. Though it can be frustrating, a solicitor should never give vague promises based on a brief summary of your accident. Instead, they may offer case studies from their experience, or highlight the variables that might affect the outcome of your case. After a road traffic accident, the following will be taken into account when accumulating your pay-out:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Any loss of earnings
  • How your injuries affect your life, including your ability to work or enjoy your hobbies

A solicitor will only be able to give you an idea of your potential compensation settlement once they understand the details of your case.

5. What percentage of my compensation will you charge, if successful?

Your conditional fee arrangement, which is the written arrangement between you and your solicitor, will explain the percentage that will be deducted from a successful claim. This is capped at 25% of your compensation, and should not deter from the amount that is agreed upon. Some solicitor’s fees differ, so it is best to ask about this straight away.

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10/08/2018 No Comments

Essential Cycling Tips for Safe Summer Commuting

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Many commuters dust off their bikes in the summer, spurred on by warmer weather, lighter evenings and the freedom of leaving the car keys at home. Over 740,000 people get to work by bike each day, and that number is growing, as more of us see the benefit of pedal power.

While there’s no doubt cycling is becoming more popular, questions remain about how safe it is to bike on Britain’s roads. Government statistics show that there are around 100 fatalities, 3,300 serious injuries and 15,500 minor injuries involving cyclists each year, and though casualty numbers are falling, more can be done to protect cyclists as they pedal from A to B.

Hudgell Solicitors has a growing number of cyclists who travel to work by bike, and is also a proud member of Cyclescheme, the government-led green transport initiative. Through our experience in handling road traffic accident claims, we see the devastating impact bicycle accidents can have, and advocate for safer cycling wherever possible.

Today, we’re celebrating Bike Week 2017 — an international annual event encouraging more of us to travel by bicycle — by offering our essential top tips for safe cycling this summer. Aimed at those new to cycling, this guide can help you stay safer on the road — whether you’re cycling to work or picnicking in your local park.

Advice for Safer Cycling on the Road

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Cyclists are the most vulnerable of all road users, with little to protect them in a collision. That means, as a cyclist, you have to ride with positivity and confidence, reading the road ahead to stay clear of hazards. Many people are put off cycling by the idea of riding in traffic, but by following simple road safety advice and the Highway Code, the road won’t seem so scary.

Here, we offer practical tips on how you can cycle more safely.

Follow the Highway Code

The Highway Code applies to all road users, even those on two wheels. If you don’t drive and lack the experience of using the road, this is a good place to brush up on your knowledge and learn how to negotiate different junctions and crossings, and find out what different road markings represent.

One of the key takeaways from the Highway Code is to not jump red lights, something which some cyclists are guilty of. Skipping a red light is not only dangerous, it could earn you an on-the-spot fine, as the police look to crackdown on riders breaking this important rule of the road.

Ride Positively and Decisively, Well Away from the Kerb

The more experience you get riding on the road, the more confident, decisive and positive of a cyclist you’ll become — reducing the risk of being involved in an accident. As you ride, keep your head up to read the road ahead, and position yourself around a third of the way into the lane of traffic. Don’t ride too close to the kerb, as this makes it more likely to hit a pothole or gutter, which could throw you out of the saddle. And don’t be afraid to make eye contact with drivers, especially when they’re waiting to pull out of a junction. This will attract their attention, improving your visibility on the road and helping you ride with confidence.

Make Clear Hand Signals

Taking your hands off the handlebars can be daunting in traffic, and counterintuitive to staying safe, but it’s vital that you let other road users know your attentions. When approaching a junction, look behind you to check the position of traffic (making eye contact with other road users where possible) before raising your right or left arm for around 3 seconds, giving drivers chance to react to your manoeuvre. When it’s safe to do so, reposition yourself on the road (important when turning right) and make the turn. Indicating your intentions with clear hand signals is a fundamental part of staying safe on the road.

Be Aware of Vehicles and Their Blind Spots

To cycle successfully in traffic, you need to be aware of other vehicles and how well their drivers can see you. This is particularly important when filtering through slow or stationary traffic, when there’s more of a risk of being hit when a driver makes an unexpected manoeuvre. While most cars have decent all-round visibility, the same can’t be said of larger vehicles like vans, trucks and buses. When filtering, be sure to give larger vehicles a wide berth, as it’s possible that the driver can’t see you. And never overtake a large vehicle up the inside; if the driver makes a left turn, you could end up in a very nasty accident.

Tips on Maintenance and Protection

Bike helmet | Cycling safety tips

As with any type of vehicle, cyclists must consider the maintenance and upkeep of their bike, and wear suitable protection and clothing that will help to keep them safe and visible on the road. In this section, we look at some of the things you can do to keep your bike in tip-top condition, and keep yourself more safe in the saddle.

Always Wear a Helmet

While there’s currently no law enforcing cyclists to wear helmets, calls have been made by bicycle safety charities and other groups to make head protection a legal requirement. Helmets provide invaluable protection in the event of a collision, and often mean the difference between a fatality and a minor injury. We’ve seen firsthand the catastrophic impact not wearing a helmet can have on cyclists, and would recommend that every cyclist wears one, regardless of whether they’re pedalling to work or enjoying a leisurely ride in their local park. When buying a bicycle helmet, make sure it has the relevant safety authentication and provides a snug and secure fit for your head.

Keep Your Bike Roadworthy

Cars need an annual MOT to ensure they’re always in a safe and driveable condition, and the same goes for bicycles. Each time you head out on your bike, you should make an effort to check the brakes, tyres, spokes and cables, so you can ride confident in the knowledge that everything’s in good working order. The condition of your brakes is particularly important, and you should replace worn pads at least once a year (depending on how often you ride). Maintaining your bike isn’t just a matter of safety; by making sure the tyres are at the right pressure, the brakes are in good order, and the chain is well lubricated, you’ll enjoy a smoother and more enjoyable journey.

Wear High Visibility Clothing

Cyclists in dark clothing can be difficult to spot, so make sure you wear some element of high-visibility clothing to help yourself be seen. Whether that’s a high-vis vest or coloured lycra; the more visible you are to other road users, the less chance you have of being in an accident.

Advice for Motorists

Cyclists commuting in traffic | Cycling safety tips

Cyclists and motorists are equally entitled to a share of the road, so it’s important that both parties show each other the respect they expect in return. To make the road a safe place for all, we’ve provided a few helpful tips on how drivers should negotiate cyclists.

  • When overtaking, give cyclists a wide berth. Cyclists can use the full width of the road if they wish, so when overtaking you should treat them like any other vehicle. In 2016, the police began a campaign to prosecute motorists for driving too close to cyclists, so keep your distance to avoid a penalty.
  • When turning left, always check your mirrors and your blind spot for cyclists coming up the near-side. If there’s a small distance between you and the bike, wait until they’ve passed to make your turn and avoid cutting them up.
  • Dip your headlights when approaching cyclists at night, as you would when passing other vehicles.
  • When it’s wet, give cyclists extra space to account for slippery surfaces, and to allow them to avoid puddles at the side of the road. Stopping distances vary on wet roads, so remember to keep your distance.

With the warm days of summer now upon us, we’d encourage you to get out on your bike and enjoy life on two wheels.

In the unfortunate event that you’re knocked off your bike in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we’re here to help you get your life back on track. To find out more, visit our dedicated cycling accident compensation page or get in touch with our team today.

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16/06/2017 No Comments

What’s it worth? How Road Traffic Accident Compensation is Calculated

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By Tony Carter, Incident Investigation & Advice Specialist

Nobody wants to be involved in a crash, whether it be a minor knock or a major ‘off’. But as motorcyclists, it is a risk we face every day and, let’s be fair, we accept that risk as part of the lifestyle and our love of bikes.

In a previous article, I gave advice on things that you can do to make life easier for you and your legal team wherever possible immediately after the crash. But once the dust settles, the next question that crops up on a regular basis is: “how much is my claim likely to be worth?”

One of the important things to bear in mind is that in personal injury claims, there is what’s called the ‘limitation’.  This means that there is a specific timeframe in which court proceedings must be issued against a defendant, otherwise, your claim becomes time-barred and is prevented from continuing.  Limitation in personal injury cases is generally 3 years from the date of the accident or injury. However, there are cases where you may not realise that you have suffered a significant injury or that you may have a claim until later; in such cases, limitation may run from what is known as your ‘date of knowledge’ (the date on which you knew or ought to have known that you had suffered a significant injury due to the negligence of the defendant).

An exception to this rule is in the case of children where the 3-year period does not start to run until their 18th birthday, i.e. when they become and adult. A further exception is for people who do not have the capacity to conduct their own affairs, e.g. people who have suffered a severe brain injury; in such cases, there is, effectively, no limitation period.  Having said that, it is also fair to say that the majority of cases are settled without the need to issue court proceedings, or to ever see the inside of a courtroom.

One very important point to make at the outset is that the system of compensation in this country is designed to put the person in the position that they would have been in had they not had the accident, i.e. to compensate for losses arising from it. Compensation is not awarded to provide any bonus or windfall for the injured party nor, generally, speaking, to punish the wrongdoer.

When it comes to compensation (or ‘damages’) in a personal injury claim, there are two elements to consider:

General Damages

The first part is called ‘general damages’: this is the part of the claim that deals with the injuries sustained and includes payment for the actual pain and suffering, as well as any inability to lead your normal life as a result of the injuries.

When I speak to groups and clubs, one of the questions I always ask is how much they think a catastrophic injury such as a severe brain injury is worth.  The answers range from half a million pounds to several million; the truth might be more surprising.

If you read any motorcycle forum, a common question asked is “I received such and such an injury, how much is it worth?”  Everyone and his mate will offer a value, and if you speak to 10 riders who all sustained the same or similar injuries and claimed compensation, the figures awarded will often vary.  This is because every case has to be judged on its own individual merits and the way a similar injury affects people will also vary, as will the time it takes for them to recover. There may also be a situation where a degree of contributory negligence has to be taken into account (which is a separate subject) and so it is impossible to put an exact figure on a specific injury; this is where your solicitors’ knowledge and skills come to the fore.

Additionally, no two people have the same personal circumstances, e.g. one person may have lost a lot of pay as a result of the accident compared with another, and this also has a bearing, so nobody can provide specific figures without having all the facts of the individual case.

Special Damages & Future Losses

The second element of the claim is called ‘special damages’: this is where the high values in the serious cases that you often hear about come into play.

Broadly, special damages cover all the quantifiable, financial losses that the injured person has suffered, or is likely to suffer, as a result of the crash and the injuries that were sustained.

The list of what can be claimed for is not restricted, providing it is justified and can be substantiated and results from the defendant’s negligence.  In minor cases, the most obvious elements of the special damages claim are things like out-of-pocket expenses, so for example, travelling costs, if you have to make visits to the hospital or to see your doctor; car parking costs; prescription costs; and the cost of replacing damaged, personal items, such as clothing, crash helmets and the like.

Then there are less obvious things: for example if you cannot keep your garden in order and you need to pay for someone to come in and look after it for you during your incapacity, or maybe you just need someone to go and do your weekly groceries shop for you; this can all be claimed back.

What I always advise people is, wherever possible, keep a diary and use it to keep a record of your costs, and also try to keep any relevant receipts, invoices, etc. you have.  The defendant insurers will often try and question or ask you to mitigate these expenses, but if you have it all in a diary with what you paid for and why, together with any receipts you have managed to keep, then it makes it much more difficult for the defendant to contest that element of the claim.

In the very serious cases, such as a severe brain injury or tetraplegia, the financial losses can be extremely high.  For example, the person might need 24-hour, around-the-clock medical care; they may need to have their home adapted; or they may need to have a specially-adapted vehicle, which in turn will need to be replaced every few years.

Then there is the loss of earnings.  Someone badly injured in, say, their early 30’s in a high-paid job, who was expected to progress in their career, is going to suffer severe financial losses and so this loss is carefully calculated by the experts and lawyers. This may also take into account any resulting pension loss.

So, the list really is not definitive as to what can be claimed but, in the same vein, these losses have to be mitigated where possible.

How long will my claim take to settle?

This is another question that is difficult to answer as again, no two cases are ever the same.  Many of the high-volume non-specialist law and claims-management firms will make promises of a fast settlement which can lead to a number of issues.

Firstly, if the claim is settled before you have fully recovered and you sign a full-and-final settlement, and then you find that your problems persist, then you will not be able to re-open the case, leaving only one option which is to sue your legal representative for professional negligence.

But in any case, if your case is settled too quickly, then there is a fair chance that your claim will have been undervalued for a quick settlement which could leave you well out of pocket.

As a general rule, the approximate settlement times can be broken into three time periods:

Minor Injuries – 12 – 18 months

Moderate Injuries – 18 – 36 months

Serious and/or Catastrophic Injuries – 3 years +

In the case of a brain injury, you are looking at a potential claim period of 5 years or more, as it takes a number of years before the doctors can determine the true severity of the injury and its long-term effects.  Once the injury has stabilised and the likely capability of the individual can be established, then an accurate value can start to be calculated for the appropriate amount of compensation.

Who decides how serious the injury is?

From a practical point of view, most of us will know whether an injury is minor or serious, but from a legal point of view, in order to claim compensation, it needs a properly-qualified, independent, medical expert to make that determination.

In most cases, the claimant at some stage during the claims process (often once they have made a recovery or are well on the road to recovery) will be asked to attend an examination with a qualified medical expert who will discuss the crash and the injuries, as well as any on-going issues. The expert will then submit a written report on their findings and it is this report that helps your solicitor value the case.

In the case of a severe or catastrophic injury, the medical assessments will be on-going from an early stage in the claims process, and may well involve a number of specialist medical experts from a range of fields. This is because you have to have an expert from the correct medical field to assess each type of injury, e.g. if you have broken your leg, you will need an orthopaedic expert, but if you have suffered a brain injury you will need a neurologist, amongst others.

The bottom line is that the only person who can reliably provide you with a figure as to the value is your solicitor or legal representative. If your claim is handled properly, then there is no quick settlement solution, but if you have the right people looking after you, then in the long-term your case should realise its full and proper value.

If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, our expert solicitors are here to help you claim the compensation you’re entitled to. For more information, visit our road traffic accidents claim hub or click here to start your no win no fee claim today.

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13/06/2017 No Comments

Using mobiles at the wheel: The offence countless people know is wrong – but many admit to committing

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New research into attitudes towards mobile phone use behind the wheel suggest it’s a crime the vast majority would welcome much stronger penalties and punishments for – despite the very same people admitting to committing the offence themselves.

Punishments are due to become greater in 2017 as drivers caught on their mobiles will face fines of up to £200 (up from £100) and as many as six points on their licence (up from three points at present).

Such is the scale of the problem on the UK’s roads, nine in 10 motorists surveyed by personal injury specialists Hudgell Solicitors claimed to witness other drivers breaking the law and using their mobile phone behind the wheel every day.

It appears to have led to widespread support for the issue to be tackled with stronger punishments, with more than 80 per cent of people questioned saying they would support even stricter penalty points being imposed than those to be introduced next year, higher fines and even instant bans for drivers caught in the act.

However, many of the very same people who say they would back stronger penalties could end up facing the stronger punishment themselves unless they change their ways, as less than half of the same people questioned (43%) could honestly say they never used their phone at the wheel.

Almost a third (30%) admitted either using their phone every time they drove, or most of the time they were behind the wheel, over the past 30 days.

Worryingly, one in five also admitted to thinking it is safe to do so in certain scenarios, with the majority saying they looked at their phone at red lights or in ‘stop and go’ traffic.

Drivers understand dangers but still take the risk of using mobile phones

Jane Woodcock, head of personal injury at Hudgell Solicitors, has helped support many people who have suffered catastrophic and life-changing injuries after road traffic accidents.

She believes the survey results suggest many drivers see and understand the dangers, but wrongly believe they are capable of flouting the laws and staying safe when not in free-moving traffic.

The results are very interesting and suggest that many people are making their own judgements as to what is acceptable use of a mobile at the wheel and what isn’t,” she said.

It seems that many people think its fine to take out their mobile if stood at traffic lights, or when the traffic is slow and they are not moving far, but nothing could be further from the truth.

It is statistically proven that even using a hands-free drastically reduces concentration levels, and that concentration levels drop in the minutes after a phone call. Any use of a mobile phone is going to reduce the concentration and focus you place on the main task at hand.

The law is that you don’t use your phone when at the wheel in any circumstance, it is as simple as that. You don’t take your seatbelt off at traffic lights or in slow-moving traffic, so why pick up your phone.

It is clear from the number of people supporting stronger penalties that the vast majority of people know and accept any use of a mobile is highly dangerous and needs stamping out.

It has been suggested that the ‘fear of missing out’, which leads to so many people constantly checking their phones for emails and notifications on social media accounts, is playing its part.

Perhaps these are people who know they are doing wrong but need the threat of stronger penalties to force them to stop taking the risk, and to accept that anything on their phone can wait.

Drink-driving was still considered to be the most dangerous of driving offences by those questioned (45%), with using a mobile phone considered the second most dangerous (21%). One in five believed speeding to be the biggest threat to safety on the roads.

Hudgell Solicitors has been campaigning as part of the national Road Safety Awareness Week, spearheaded by road safety charity Brake, for drivers to ‘switch off’ from their mobiles when behind the wheel.

It has also urged people to turn their mobile from a distraction into a possible life-saver by using the ‘Medical ID’ facility on Apple iphones, which would enable emergency services access to key health information of the phone owner by simply turning it on and accessing the details direct from the home screen.

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23/11/2016 No Comments

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