Wherever you look nowadays, you are likely to see a huge majority of people using mobile phones and other latest technological devices. Watches that can make and receive calls are also on the rise as well as those that can track your fitness. It appears that many feel uncomfortable with leaving their cherished gadgets at home. However, even though the modern devices are convenient and beneficial in their usage research suggests that they are also the cause of many car accidents and injuries.
A study shows that car drivers operating their mobiles whilst driving are quadrupling the chances of being involved in an accident. The law in the UK is already clear that you cannot handle a mobile phone when in control of a vehicle, yet many organisations consider hands-free kits and other wireless tools just as dangerous in a vehicle.
Gadgets, however useful, often act as a dangerous distraction causing drivers to divert their attention to the connected device instead of concentrating on the road. The Police Force believe that many road users are putting themselves at risk of an accident and this is backed by recent statistics where a third of those surveyed admitted to being distracted by mobile phones when their accident happened or they had almost crashed.
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1 in 5 drivers also confessed to using hand held devices to answer calls without using a hands-free kit even though they knew it was prohibited. Another growing source of triggering an accident is texting whilst driving. There appears to be an unsafe need to be constantly connected to social media networks and to share responses. Some big companies have taken notice and are producing more novel ways to link to devices safely in the car, which include the recently introduced CarPlay.
While the mentioned driving distractions can be linked to road traffic accidents, unfortunately mobile phones are a danger to users outside of a vehicle as well. It is becoming a common sight to see people walking whilst texting oblivious to the hazards around them. There are now increased numbers of claims being submitted each year against distracted pedestrians who cause accidents by walking blindly into dangerous situations.
Certainly, the best method of preventing an accident initiated by a distracted device user is to ensure that you only use gadgets when the situation is safe to do so. It is not arguable that making a call or texting with a mobile phone whilst driving is illegal. What it amounts to is an irresponsible act of endangering lives. The same attitude is applied to those who text and walk without due care to the environment as they are unnecessarily creating risky and potentially harmful scenarios.
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