Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds can have devastating consequences.
Most common distractions include talking on a mobile phone, sending text messages, reaching for objects within the car or looking at an object or event outside of the car.
In 2015, driver distraction contributed to 25 fatalities on Queensland roads.
However, the true extent to which distractions (including mobile phones) contribute to road crashes is likely to be higher because drivers may not admit to police they were distracted at the time of the crash.
Despite the dangers, approximately 76% of Queenslanders admit to using their mobile phone illegally in the car.
Seatbelts dramatically reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a car accident. People not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a car during a crash. Seatbelts reduce the risk of death in a car crash y 45% and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%.
All children under the age of 7 years must use an approved child restraint. However, it is important to note that most 7 year olds are too small for an adult seatbelt. Children should use an approved child restraint until they can do all of the following:-
• Sit with their backs firmly against the seat back;
• Bend their knees comfortably over the front of the seat cushion;
• Sit with the sash belt across their mid-shoulder;
• Sit with the lap belt across the top of their thighs; and
• Stay in this position for the whole car trip.
Child restraints are often used incorrectly which reduces their effectiveness. A NSW study revealed that up to 50% of child restraints had errors in how they were used.
Car accidents are the most common cause of death and injury for children under 14. At greatest risk of serious injury are children between 7 and 12, who no longer use child restraints or boosters when travelling in a car.
If you have been injured in a car accident you may be entitled to compensation. Call GC Law on 1300 302 318 for your free consultation.