Multitasking Is a Form Distracted Driving
When people talk about distracted driving, one of the first items that comes to mind is cellphones. After all, these electronic devices are typically carried in and out of cars with email and text messages sending notifications throughout the journey from one destination to the next. While handheld devices do present distractions, there are many other distraction risks, inclined physical distractions and multitasking.
The reality is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the task of driving creates risk. When there is even a small shift in attention, a vehicle accident causing personal injury can result. If you have been injured, connect with a Bucks County personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.
What Are Physical and Mental Distractions When Driving?
A physical distraction is when a person takes their hands off the wheel of car to do something else. Like all distracted driving, physical distractions increase the likelihood of a car crash. While cellphones are one way a driver’s hands are pulled away from the wheel, it is certainly not the only one.
Mental distractions can occur even when a person has their hands and eyes in a proper driving position. A mental distraction is when a person’s mind is focused on something else. With improper focus, dangers cannot be assessed and accidents can occur.
Some physical and mental driving distractions include the following:
- Searching for something in the car
- Adjusting a radio station or climate controls
- Talking to family members or friends
- Mulling over a recent emotional experience
- Being too focused on a compelling podcast
Do Not Participate In Multitasking While Driving
Focusing on one task is the best way to do a job well. Multitasking has been proven to be impossible, yet because driving is a routine task for many people it is common for individuals to believe they are able to complete other tasks while driving. They could think their drive time is a good time to catch up on a meal or take a few notes. But while they may be able to physically perform two tasks, they can only focus on one task. That means when a driver starts performing another task, their attention is switching between two priorities. If their attention is immediately needed, they may not be able to respond in time to avoid an accident.
A Bucks County car accident lawyer can help to determine the cause of an accident. Even if an at-fault driver could legally perform a distracted driving activity that does not mean they are free of negligence in a personal injury case. An experienced attorney may be able to prove injuries are in direct connection to another driver being distracted due to physical or mental distractions.
If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, talk to an attorney at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our Bucks County personal injury lawyers know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. You can focus on your life while a lawyer negotiates for you. Reach out today, call (215) 968-6602.