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Multi-tasking while driving is too demanding for the brain

Many Ohio residents may think that those infotainment dashboards on many vehicles are safer than hand-held mobile phones and texting devices. However, such new technology improves convenience rather than safety.

Research has shown that the human brain was not made to do more than one task simultaneously. In fact, simply talking on a mobile phone device is cognitively demanding the brain. While many people may think that hands-free conversations are safe to use, yet a driver can miss seeing up to half of their environment because they are concentrating more on their conversation. As a result, the driver becomes four times more likely to be involved in a collision. Texting while driving is more dangerous, as the action makes drivers eight times more likely to have an accident.

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone distractions account for 1.6 million auto wrecks transpiring each year and is the leading cause of workplace deaths. To combat the problem, the city of Tulsa, OK, has implemented a total ban mobile phone policy for city employees in an effort to reduce possible driving distraction accidents. The policy forbids the use of all non-emergency calling from both hand-held and hands-free mobile phone devices while employees are operating vehicles or equipment.

Many people who become severely injured in an automobile accident have to undergo extensive therapy and rehabilitation. Many of these victims may be left permanently disabled because of a serious head or spinal cord injury. If it can be determined that the accident was the result of a negligent driver who was texting or talking on a cell phone when the crash occurred, the victim may be able to hold the driver responsible for his or her actions via a person injury lawsuit. A local, experienced attorney could help navigate the victim or the victim's family through the claim that could result in obtaining compensation to offset their economic and non-economic losses. Source: NSC, "http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving.aspx", 04/12/2016

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