Law Firm Asks, is Social Media to Blame for Driver Errors Leading to Accidents on Our Roads?

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The UK's Accident Advice Helpline discusses statistics regarding the use of social media at the wheel, and asks if this is to blame for some of the accidents on our roads

Accident Advice Helpline

Accident Advice Helpline

...of 1002 drivers questioned, 11% admitted to using social media sites and reading emails whilst driving

The RAC’s 'Report on Motoring 2012' reveals worrying statistics that suggest one of the causes of driver error leading to car accidents is the use of social media whilst at the wheel. So what can be done to educate drivers that it is impossible to multi-task when driving, and that it is only a matter of time before they cause an accident.

Results of recent research undertaken by the RAC show that of 1002 drivers questioned, 11% admitted to using social media sites and reading emails whilst driving, and this increased to 19% for the 17-24 age group. These results coincided with a report by the Consumers’ Association stating that texting at the same time as driving causes 79% loss of attention to the road.

Leading RTA compensation advice provider, the Accident Advice Helpline, has an inside view on the aftermath of devastating road accidents caused by drivers being distracted by social media. A representative of the company said,

“We are seeing an increasing number of fatal road accidents caused by drivers using social media or texting at the wheel. Social media has its place, but that place is not behind the wheel of a car.”

He went on to say, “it is impossible to drive safely while typing a message on a mobile phone, or checking someone’s status on Facebook. In a split second lives can be changed forever, and people need to understand the potential consequences of their actions.”

It is a widely held view that youngsters in particular, need formal education and guidance on the impact of using social media whilst at the wheel. Strong government campaigns such as ‘Think! Don’t Drink and Drive’ and ‘Live With It’ carry a clear message about the consequences of not concentrating when driving, and the RAC is just one of many motoring organisations that hope the government will increase funding for such compelling TV advertising campaigns in the future.

For people looking for RTA compensation advice, the Accident Advice Helpline can be reached on 0800 6897 221. Widely regarded as one of the best compensation companies in the UK, they provide legal advice and support for a wide range of accident injury claims.

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