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Mobile phones are a huge part of life in the 21st century. We use them every single day.
They wake us up in the morning, help guide us to work, give us with entertainment while we travel, keep us up to date with the news and provide us with more uses than phones once used to.
As smartphones are so useful we see increased usage, but with this there has been a rise in the number of fatal accidents due to using a mobile phone while driving.
The latest statistics show that fatal road traffic accidents involving the use of a mobile phone have increased by 29 per cent.
There has been an increase in the number of accidents on the roads in the UK where a mobile phone was used from 378 in 2012 to 422 in 2013. It’s so tempting to have a look to see a message or find out who is calling when you hear your phone buzz, but you must remember using a hand held phone while you are driving is illegal.
Despite the use of phones whilst driving being made illegal in the UK in 2003, the number of us doing it is on the up. A Department for Transport survey showed that the number of people who admit to having used their phones while driving appears to be increasing.
If you use your mobile phone, your reaction time is 50 per cent slower and you are four times more likely to be involved in a car crash.
So the next time you get the urge to check your iPhone whilst at the wheel of a car – don’t! You could get a £100 fine, three points on your licence and even be disqualified from driving in the UK.
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For a free consultation call Claims Direct on freephone 0808 175 7900 or start your claim online.
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