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Companies risk huge penalties for drivers who cause accidents whilst on the phone

28 May 2012

Fleet News reports that what happens in the United States usually reaches the UK, and with companies being sued for the “distracted driving” of their employees, it won’t be long before blanket bans for the use of mobile phones will be a feature of many UK driving policies.

That is the warning from Jonathan Mosley, director of sales and marketing at E-Training World who points to recent US lawsuits which have seen instances of major companies being sued for the likes of $21.6 million, $18 million and $16.1 million.

Estimates by the US National Safety Council show that a quarter of all crashes in America involve cell phones or texting, equating to approximately 1.2 million accidents a year.

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