“Distraction hangover” just as bad as distraction

| Nov 25, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accident |

During your commute in Louisiana, you do your best to avoid distractions. But it’s important to know the full range of possible distractions. These can be divided into three categories: manual distractions, which occupy the hands; visual ones, which take the eyes off the road; and cognitive ones, which distract the mind only.

Understanding distraction hangover

Cognitive distractions are especially dangerous because they are little regarded. It’s hard to tell when an accident was caused by daydreaming or another cognitive distraction. As a result, police cannot report the true cause, and these distractions never become a prominent subject in most traffic accident studies.

One type of cognitive distraction, called a “distraction hangover,” is receiving more attention due to its link with drivers who use their phones. Cambridge Mobile Telematics conducted a study showing how 68% of driver distractions involve phone use: calling, texting, surfing the web, etc. Researchers also found that drivers can remain distracted for at least 10 seconds after using their phone. This is the “hangover.”

The danger of distraction hangover

CMT said that during those 10 or more seconds, drivers are 70% likelier to brake hard to avoid an accident. Of course, many drivers are not able to avoid a collision. CMT estimates that by 2025, there will have been 500,000 car accidents connected to smartphone distraction.

For the victims of a distracted driver

Perhaps you were the victim of a distracted driver. When a motor vehicle accident is the result of a clearly negligent action like phone use behind the wheel, it can lead the way for a personal injury claim. This is true even if you yourself were partially to blame for the incident. A lawyer may thoroughly examine your case in light of this state’s pure comparative negligence rule.