By Becci Snow, Chartered Legal Executive at Hudgell Solicitors
Today’s newspapers have brought yet another warning from a major motor insurance company that premiums are set to rise again – with whiplash claims again being highlighted as a reason for drivers being hit in the pocket.
According to a report in the national Daily Mail, one of the UK’s biggest insurance companies, Esure, which owns Sheilas’ Wheels and has more than 1.4million UK motor insurance policies, has warned it will raise premiums in the coming months after seeing a surge in personal injury claims.
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?