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What watchdog groups say about distracted driving

On Behalf of | May 4, 2020 | Firm News

Whether you’re driving in a rural part of South Dakota or on a busy highway, it is important to keep your focus on the road. Ideally, you will avoid using a cellphone while driving as it is the most common form of distraction while a car is moving. However, it is not the only thing that can take your eyes or mind away from cars or other objects in front of yours.

Any activity could be deemed distracting

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost anything that you do could while behind the wheel could be considered a distraction. For instance, changing the radio station, eating food or talking to a passenger might take your eyes off of the road.

Don’t fall victim to inattention blindness

Inattention blindness occurs when are engaged in an activity that results in a cognitive distraction. For instance, simply letting your mind wander while driving could cause a cognitive distraction. Inattention blindness occurs when you don’t think to avoid a person, vehicle or object on the road even though you can clearly see it. This is because a cognitive distraction results in a reduced ability to process visual information.

Cellphone bans don’t always work

Research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that banning cellphones isn’t necessarily the answer to preventing distracted driving. This is partially because it isn’t clear if drivers are complying with the laws. In some cases, the laws may only apply to teenagers or other limited segments of the driving public. According to the IIHS, cellphone bans tended to work better when everyone was prohibited from using them.

It isn’t uncommon for individuals who have been involved in car accidents to experience neck, back or other injuries. If the crash was due to the negligence of another motorist, it may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills and lost wages. If you are in this type of situation, you might find it advisable to meet with an experienced attorney and discuss your case.