By Matt Tuff, a specialist in serious road accident cases at personal injury specialists, Hudgell Solicitors
Today marks the start of National Road Safety Week, an annual event with a simple but very important goal – to make our roads safer to reduce the number of serious accidents and injuries we see each year.
Founded in 1997 by campaigning road safety charity Brake, the annual event seeks to raise awareness about road safety and promote simple steps that everyone can take to stop the many needless deaths and injuries year-round.
Hudgell Solicitors is supporting the campaign by national road safety charity Brake to introduce new laws banning the use of hands-free phone systems in vehicles, as statistics have shown talking at the wheel makes drivers four times more likely to cause injury.
Despite using a hand-held phone while driving being made illegal in 2003, thousands of drivers still blatantly flout the law, putting themselves and others at great risk.
Driving laws, regulations and restrictions are sometimes difficult to pin down. There can often be grey areas that shift from legal to illegal – especially as new technology becomes commonplace. So, there might be times when, as a driver, you’re actually breaking the law without even knowing it…
Is your addiction to checking your mobile phone putting you in physical danger?
You may not immediately think so as you go about your daily life, but as personal injury lawyers with decades of experience, handling hundreds of road traffic accident cases each year, we can see an increasing danger of distraction in society.
New research from a survey by Deloitte has today shown that some people admit checking their phones hundreds of times a day (the average being 27).
Whilst millions of parents across the country will no doubt be celebrating the return to school for their children after a long summer break this week, few, if any, will have been looking forward to the daily chore of the school run.
The picture is pretty much the same across the country.
Roads around schools are heavily congested, with one in five cars on the roads at 8.50am said to be involved in the school run.
It is therefore no surprise that in 2013, Road Safety Analysis found that in the previous six years, around 6,500 children had been involved in traffic accidents within a 500-metre radius of nearly 30,000 schools.
Whilst riding motorcycles can be a fun and convenient mode of transport, it is a statistically more dangerous way of getting around. If you have been involved in a motorbike accident that has led to an injury, read these six important facts about making a motorcycle accident claim.
By Andy Petherbridge, Associate of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Hudgell Solicitors
Keeping the roads in good condition and making sure there is nothing to obstruct motorists is absolutely vital to ensure the safety of other road users.
Often, we assume the council is responsible for debris, such as mud, left on the carriageways or country roads.
But sometimes, this is not the case and others, such as local farmers, are responsible.
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?