It may only take a few seconds to compose a text while driving, but the distraction from doing so lasts much longer. Even after you are finished talking on the phone, looking at social media, or writing a text, you can still experience unsafe mental distractions. This alarming news proves that distracted driving is far more dangerous than many think.
New Study Reveals Distracted Driving Lasts Longer Than the Distraction
New research gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that drivers are distracted mentally for up to 27 seconds after they engage in distractions such as cell phone use and interacting with vehicle functions, such as the radio. This means that hands-free technology can still cause danger, even when a driver’s hands are on the wheel and eyes are on the road.
This new research also shows that even after motorists are back to driving, they can still miss stop signs, pedestrians, and other vehicles while their minds are readjusting to driving. Even operating a device during perceived safe times, like when there is a lull in traffic or when you are stopped at an intersection, is dangerous, as the distraction lasts after the traffic picks up or the light turns green.
If you don’t think 27 seconds is that long, consider this: when driving at 25 mph, you can cover the distance of three football fields in that time frame. A lot of damage can happen in those few seconds, which can put your life—as well as those sharing the vehicle and the road with you—at risk.
Distracted Driving Is Never Excused
Spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and lacerations are just a few of the injuries you can experience at the hands of a distracted driver. If you’ve been injured, the attorneys of Wayne Wright want to help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to. Speak with an experienced legal professional today about your situation by calling 800.237.3334.