Breaking Down Cognitive Distractions
In one of our previous blogs, we detailed how cognitive distractions are some of the most serious because many people don’t even realize they exist. They go about their drive with many cognitive distractions and they don’t recognize just how much these can impact their driving ability.
Cognitive distractions are those that take a driver’s focus off the road. This is enough of a problem to slow reaction time, reduce decision-making abilities, and lead to a severe crash. Here are just a few of the examples of cognitive distractions that a driver may encounter.
Listening to Loud Music or Podcasts
Loud music or thought-provoking content can quickly turn a safe drive into a dangerous one. It’s easy to see that problems can arise if a driver is paying more attention to the contents of a podcast than they are the other vehicles on the road.
This focus is enough to make a driver miss vital actions on the road, such as a vehicle indicating their intentions to turn or merge lanes. If the driver is oblivious to the actions of other drivers, the chances of a crash are greatly increased.
Daydreaming while driving is often referred to as highway hypnosis. Have you ever been driving and suddenly you discover that you don’t remember the last few miles of the drive? Unfortunately, this happens to far too many drivers, and it’s something that can cause significant harm whenever it occurs.
Having a Conversation on the Phone
Because cognitive distractions take a driver’s focus off the road, even a conversation on a hands-free device can be dangerous. It’s something that can cause stress, provoke thought, or otherwise diminish a driver’s focus so that he or she lacks decision-making abilities.
Whenever someone is distracted and causes a crash, severe injuries can ensue. If you suffer harm, our Michigan car accident lawyers are here to help you understand your rights. At Fieger Law, we’re committed to your needs from start to finish.