Studies have shown that most people believe it is unsafe to text while driving. Those same studies show that a majority of people do so at least occasionally. What does this tell us? It tells us that many people believe others can multi-task, but they can.
The increase in car accidents over the past few years should be evidence enough that texting and driving, along with other distractions while driving, are not safe. However, for those who need more convincing, read on to learn about a report that shows just that. If you have been injured in an accident, or a loved one was involved in a fatal accident, you can get the legal help you need by contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free case evaluation.
More About the Report
The report in question was released by the National Safety Council (NSC). It looked to find answers to why distracted driving is now one of the top causes of accidents on roads in the United States. It looks at how the human brain processes the various tasks it is asked to do. The report found that the very idea of a multitasking is a myth. Drivers who are using their cell phones or are otherwise distracted are significantly more likely to be involved not just in a car accident but in a serious car accident.
Employers Need to Rethink Their Priorities
One of the reasons that many people believe they can multitask well is that they have been trained to believe that. It is very common for an employer to say they want to hire people with excellent multitasking skills. They want employees who can do more than one thing at a time.
Unfortunately, according to experts on the human brain, multitasking is simply not possible. The brain cannot pay attention and process information on more than one thing at a time. It will switch back and forth from each one quickly but doing so takes time and much can be lost in that time. For a driver, this could involve missing a traffic light changing colors, a stop sign, or a kid running out into the street. These are all things the driver could have reacted to if they had been giving the road their full attention.
Drivers Need to Remember Their Priorities
It can seem harmless to check your phone while you are driving. After all, it just takes a second, right? If you have been involved in a car accident in which someone else was driving unsafely or otherwise put you in danger, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to request a free legal consultation and learn about your legal options.