Before mobile technology came along, there were plenty of other things that distracted a driver. These include the radio, food, drinks and even personal grooming. Today, thanks to smartphones and tablets, there’s no shortage of items to keep a driver distracted instead of focusing on the road. But, people are under the false misconception that it’s ok to look down for a quick second, or that they can multitask on their way to work. Unfortunately, these misconceptions have come with tragic consequences. Here, an experienced car accident lawyer will discuss three myths that come with the advent of mobile technology, and why you should not fall victim to even one of these myths.
Anyone Can Multitask
While many of us believe that we can multitask, it’s really not that easy. Humans get distracted easily, so when they try to split their attention among a number of different tasks, they wind up doing them poorly. The only exception to this is tasks that don’t require a lot of thought, hence the reason we can walk and talk at the same time. When performing two tasks that require thinking, the brain switches its focus between the two tasks rather than performing each task simultaneously. And driving is not like walking, it’s a serious task that requires thinking. So if you’re driving and talking on the phone at the same time, you’re diminishing the brain’s ability to focus on the more important of the two tasks: driving.
It’s Safe to Use Hands-Free Cell Phones
The big misconception here is that the distraction is not holding a cell phone, it's the conversation itself. When having a conversation, you’re usually focused on the conversation. When driving, you need to use your brain to concentrate on anticipating the reactions of other drivers, assess the traffic situation and process visual information. When you engage the language area of the brain, it reduces the brain activity required when driving.
No Distraction when Disconnected from Mobile Devices
While mobile devices are a big part of distractions when driving, it’s not the only thing. Daydreaming is a distraction, drinking coffee, eating, or combing your hair, which all require using your mind and taking your eyes off the road.
Distracted driving comes in a number of forms, and while mobile technology is a big part of it, the technology is not the only thing that takes your mind away from the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of a distracted driver, contact us. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.