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Drivers at risk for causing crash when their eyes leave the road

While most Connecticut motorists understand that taking their eyes of the road can be dangerous, they may still decide to adjust their sound system or look at their cellphone. However, even a brief distraction could potentially impede hazard anticipation and may actually increase the chances that the motorist could become involved in a car crash.

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recommended that motorists should not take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds, scientists with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety note that it does take time for the driver's eyes to readjust. In fact, a vehicle that is traveling 70 miles on the highway will travel approximately 200 feet in the time span of two seconds, which is plenty of time for a distracted driver to become involved in crash.

The researchers set out to study the effects of distraction on a driver's ability to focus by simulating a driving task. The participants were asked to answer a questionnaire while driving. According to the researchers, most of the drivers rated their performances very highly, thus demonstrating that drivers were not aware that they missed critical information. Researchers stated that they hoped that having a better understanding of the distractions could result in methods to mitigate the distraction risks and improve driver safety

When people are injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, they may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their damages. An attorney may assist an injured client by gathering all of the evidence available, including police reports and witness testimony, in order to establish negligence on the part of the other driver.

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