With an increase in road safety laws throughout the world with regards to mobile phone use at the wheel, it’s easy to see why people have started asking ‘Are mobile apps leading to more road traffic accidents?’. With reports of this behaviour first coming to light around 2015 and gaining in popularity ever since it’s hard to imagine that today the issue has gone away. Now, this is not to say that all road traffic incidents are due to Margery who works in the local Tesco playing Candy Crush on her way home, of course we’re not alluding to that. We’re simply putting the suggestion out that that when you’re using your google maps app for directions, changing your spotify song or trying to get the annoying bluetooth to actually sync to your car; you could potentially be putting yourself in extreme danger.
From 2015 to 2016 there was a 10.4% leap in the number of highway traffic incidents within the first 6 months of the year, scary, right? In a bid to eliminate roadside fatalities the Department of Transportation issued a refined bill in late 2016 with the goal of combatting road traffic accidents. However, this “Road to Zero” strategy has not been as effective as they had hoped, with most fatalities still being in occurrence with mobile phone use behind the wheel.
What to do if you’ve been hit?
Now, we’re not fools. We know that you’ll probably still use mobile phone apps whilst travelling in your car whether it be for leisure or sheer necessity. But what are you supposed to do if you are actually caught up in a road traffic accident because of it? Personal injury claims can be a messy business. So, we’ve broken down the steps you need to take regardless of whether you’re the victim of an accidental road incident, or, no offence intended, the instigator.
How to make a successful Road Traffic Accident Claim
- Gather as much information together as you can regarding your particular incident. This will no doubt make the next steps much easier for you in the long run.
- Find a solicitor that you can trust and have confidence in. Yes, we see the thousands of ‘no win no fee’ advertisements on TV. However, put simply, you get what you pay for.
- Be active in your case. You need to have a certain degree of involvement in your claim, and in doing so you’ll be able to oversee the solicitors work, offer up advice and make changes to any issues that arise.
- Book in to see a medical expert as soon as possible. This medical report will be sent to the court along with any other findings that will help your claim.
- Keep invoices and receipts. This is particularly important if your injury means you will or have been off work for a considerable amount of time.
- Negotiate with your insurers. If your insurance company is compliant then you’ll need not go any further with the issue. On the other hand, if they take the proverbial biscuit then it’s time to go to court, solicitor included.
If you follow the above steps to the T then you should see yourself with a substantial cheque in up to 4 weeks prior to the incident. We hope this has helped and we wish you the best. Remember that your phone apps can wait whilst your road safety, can’t.