Even normally safe drivers in Massachusetts may sometimes be tempted to sneak a peek at an incoming text or look for something in a nearby bag. Any action that takes a driver's eyes, mind or hands off the wheel is considered distracted driving. While this behavior does not always end in an accident, it is more risky than you might think.
Liberty Mutual Study
Researchers from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety found that even a two-second interruption where a driver takes his or her eyes off the road might lead to increased risk for an accident. Eye tracking equipment and a driving simulator used in this study captured motorist responses to regular and hazardous driving scenarios. Drivers who looked away from the road for short times were less able to react in potentially hazardous situations. This means a driver who glances away from the road may miss a vehicle suddenly breaking or pulling into traffic.
Awareness Of Drivers
Making an effort to focus on the road is especially important because drivers may not even be aware when they miss something while looking away from the road. Drivers in the study were asked to evaluate their performances, and distracted drivers generally rated their performances in the high 70s.
Unfortunately, drivers are sometimes unaware of their mistakes even when accidents occur. This is why the police must determine why crashes take place by looking at the positions of any vehicles involved, studying skid marks on the road, talking to witnesses, pulling cell phone records and more. When a crash happens because of distracted driving, a car accident lawyer in Massachusetts could help you seek compensation from a negligent driver.
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