Texting, Social Media Increase The Risk Of A Car Accident
By GC Law26 Jun 2013
At GC Law we handle the personal injury compensation claims for many car accident victims, and looking over our recent case files a number of relevant statistics stand out. The number of car accidents caused by either mobile phone usage, either texting or talking on a mobile phone whilst driving, or social networking long into the night have been a major factor in a majority of these accidents.
Some of these facts include young drivers with an addiction to electronic socialising, who are increasingly at risk of being injured in a car accident caused by driver fatigue.
There is an increasing number of teenagers who have been involved in car accidents because they’re so tired from staying up all night using their electronic devices.
According to authorities, people under the age of 30 account for nearly two thirds of accidents involving sleepy drivers.
The car accidents are most likely to occur early in the morning or late at night. There is usually only one person in the car, and often only one car is involved.
Distraction has also been identified as a contributing factor in 22% of car crashes and near crashes and 71% of truck crashes (and 46% of near crashes) in naturalistic driving studies.
Using a mobile phone whilst driving is highly distracting and increases your risk of a crash four-fold.
Despite the dangers and illegality, approximately 25% of recently surveyed Queensland drivers reported using their hand-held mobile phone on a daily basis to answer or make calls, as well as read text messages, while 14% reported using their hand-held phone to send a text message on a daily basis.
Driver distraction is one of the main causes of road crashes, estimated to account for approximately one quarter of car crashes.
Using a mobile phone while driving (especially texting), is highly distracting.
A person using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is four times more likely to have a serious crash resulting in hospital attendance.
The legislation – How it affects you
It is illegal in all Australian states and territories to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. This includes talking, texting, playing games, taking photos or video and using other phone functions.
Using a hand-held mobile phone is also illegal when your vehicle is stationary but not parked (when stopped at a traffic light).
It is illegal to use a hands-free phone while driving if it causes you to lose proper control of your vehicle.
Learner and P1 drivers are not permitted to use a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving.
The most common types of crashes associated with mobile phone usage are “run off the road” and “rear end” crashes.
To read more on the facts about car accident statistics, click on the link.
If you or any member of your family or friends is involved in a car accident it is important to be fully aware of your rights and what compensation for personal injury you may be able to claim.
At GC Law we are personal injury experts and can help you assess your potential claim, you can even use our Free Case Review process to start your compensation claim.
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