What Should You Do After A Car Accident?

Multi-Tasking and Driving

As more studies have come out detailing the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, other studies and opinions have come out saying that while cell phone use is bad, it is no worse than any other distraction in the car. Some Americans have a decided tendency to do as many things while driving or in the car as possible. It is to the point that some car manufacturers tout their vehicles as “movable offices.”

Any distraction or task performed while driving is known to researchers, as a “secondary task distraction.” While these tasks are supposed to be secondary, they are commonly is given more attention than the primary task of driving.

In a recent study performed in the Washington D.C. area, cell phones were the greatest cause of crashes in the 2 million miles of driving that the researchers studied. Cell phones are undoubtedly dangerous, but the most dangerous contributing factor leading to crashes was fatigue. In the study, fatigue played a starring role in 12% of all of the crashes recorded as well as 10% of the near crashes, or near misses. This is significantly higher than the previous estimate of between 2 and 4 percent of total crashes.

Inattention to the forward roadway has been found to be the primary factor in most crashes and collisions. This inattention can be due to distraction, fatigue, driving-related tasks (GPS operation, perhaps), and non-specific glances away from the road.

Contact a Jacksonville Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident by a driver who was not paying attention to the road, contact the Jacksonville personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Donald Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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