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Distracted Driving Kills: Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 27, 2017

driving- cell phoneIn today’s hectic world, it seems like there is a never-ending list of things to do on a daily basis. You’re not alone if you often find yourself trying to multitask and get several things done at once.

The truth, according to the National Safety Council, is that multitasking doesn’t actually work and will only decrease your ability to perform well. While this may not matter too much while you’re at home watching TV, cleaning, and cooking dinner, it’s a completely different story when you get behind the wheel. This is when multitasking turns into distracted driving, which killed 3,477 people and injured approximately 391,000 more in 2015, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Myth of Multitasking

Many people believe multitasking is a skill, but in reality, it’s not actually multitasking if you’re using the same part of your brain to do more than one thing at a time. This is because your brain won’t be able to carry out the tasks simultaneously and will be forced, instead, to switch back and forth from one to the other. When your attention is divided like this while you’re driving, it can lead to severe consequences. It only takes a split second for something to go terribly wrong.

The Causes of Distracted Driving

Advancements in technology are often to blame for a large percentage of distracted driving accidents. Whether it’s taking a phone call, texting, or focusing on the GPS, these interruptions put the lives of everyone on the road in danger.

However, cell phones and navigation systems are not the only culprits behind distracted driving. Other common causes include adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, eating, and putting on makeup. Participating in any activity that takes your sight off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off of the act of driving—even for just a few seconds!—can result in a failure to detect and avoid road hazards, and a failure to see traffic signs or signals intended to give you important instructions.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills and other inconveniences. Call (609) 240-0040 to schedule a consultation with our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. We provide the type of legal representation you need in situations like this.

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