Drivers Need to Focus on Avoiding Distraction, says Legal Defenders
LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2022
Los Angeles-based Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg and Brock comments on a recent article that distraction takes many forms and avoiding its less obvious forms takes some concentration.
LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- An April 14 article in Highland Community News reports on a joint effort by the Automobile Club of Southern California and the California Highway Patrol to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The program is inspired by National Distracted Driver Awareness month and its slogan is "Don't Drive Intoxicated. Don't Drive Intexticated." Los Angeles-based Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg and Brock says that, while texting and driving is a genuine but also a very obvious menace on the road, it's only one form of distraction. It's arguable, says the firm, that a large majority of accidents may be rooted in one type of distraction or another -- though not always as obvious as someone trying to look closely at a smartphone while driving.
Legal Defenders points out that probably just about everyone who finds themselves texting while driving knows what they're doing is wrong – much as even the most intoxicated driver is well aware that they are committing a serious infraction. However, even people who would never think of trying to conduct a text conversation while driving may lose focus in other ways. More subtle distractions may include fumbling with food or drink, trying to avoid annoying music or commercials by adjusting a car radio or, worse, an electronic device, and, of course, conversations, says the personal injury law firm.
Many people believe they are good at multitasking but our often exaggerated self-assessment may be proven wrong in a deadly accident if we are not vigilant, says Legal Defenders. While talking on cell phones hands-free is legal in California, it is a good idea to minimize such conversations. The issues around talking to another person who is present in the car are somewhat compensated for by having another pair of eyes to warn of road hazards or take note if a driver's attention seems to be drifting -- someone on the other end of a phone call can't offer that kind of assistance, says the law firm.
Especially on a long trip, it's only human to think about other matters while driving but it's important to avoid intense daydreams that may take our minds far away from the task at hand, says Legal Defenders. It's a fairly common experience to "wake up" from a mental reverie with no memory of what occurred after scores of miles in a mental twilight. This can happen both on long road trips and on daily commutes where the routine nature of the trip can make us feel as if we can go on mental autopilot. Unfortunately, however, it may be decades before truly self-driving cars will be safe. In the meantime, it's incumbent upon all drivers to stay focused on maintaining their focus and not let bad habits put them and others in potentially deadly situations, says the law firm.
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