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Do cognitive distractions cause car accidents?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There are many ways to describe poor driving habits. Persons who ignore the road might face accusations of “cognitive distractions.” No matter what name someone gives to a driver more interested in making a phone call than looking out for other cars or pedestrians, a negligent driver is still derelict.

Not paying attention to the road or safety

Distracted driving takes many forms, and with the practice comes potential hazards. Someone who spends more time playing with integrated smartphone apps on a touchscreen than looking at a winding highway takes a risk. Such risks don’t always lead to immediate consequences. A driver may embrace cognitive distractions repeatedly. If he or she never got into an accident texting and driving yet, then what is the problem? The answer reveals itself after the driver causes a collision.

Keeping eyes and ears on the road, other drivers, pedestrians, and technology-based safety alerts seem much more essential than using a hands-free phone system. Dangers may arise without warning, such as when a young child darts into the street or an object falls off a truck. Avoiding distractions and being mindful of the road may support the defensive tactics necessary to avoid a collision.

Avoiding common distractions

Modern vehicles come with several advanced technology features. Drivers may find themselves concentrating on an entertainment system too much. Younger drivers might be even more likely to use a phone while driving, but older drivers don’t always employ prudence.

Avoiding typical distractions might prevent motor vehicle accidents. Those not concerned with safety may wish to look at the financial side. Causing a negligent accident may lead to a significant award in favor of the plaintiff.

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