Motorists who slow down at the scene of an accident to take photographs on their phone could be charged with a traffic offence, after one police force began taking steps to identify offenders.
Officers with Northamptonshire Police Force were astonished to see drivers taking pictures as they drove past an overturned van. Two people were airlifted to hospital in the incident, although neither suffered serious injuries.
Nevertheless, the police responded by taking their own photos of the motorists involved, and say they plan to prosecute those identified.
Inspector Jen Helm told the BBC: “I am amazed that people think there is nothing wrong with using their mobile phones to take pictures while driving, and secondly that they think it is in any way appropriate or respectful to the victims of that collision.”
She warned drivers that they were risking lives by using their phone at the wheel, adding: “When it does go wrong, I promise no photograph in the world will make the family of the victim think it was worth it.”
While no other police forces have commented on this issue, the law surrounding phones and drivers is clear. They must not be used at all while driving, including while waiting at traffic lights. It is also against the law for someone supervising a learner driver to use their phone.
Punishments range from a £100 fine and 3-point penalty to a disqualification with a maximum fine of £1,000.
What if you are the victim of a careless driver?
Any road traffic accident claim hinges on your ability to show that the other driver was at fault. Proving that they were using their mobile phone at the time of the incident will certainly go some way towards this and could increase your chance of compensation.
Croftons Solicitors can assess every aspect of your claim to determine its likelihood of success, and have a strong track record of securing compensation for road accident victims.
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