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Smartphone distractions extend beyond phone use 

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Car Accidents

It is easy to understand that the smartphone is a distraction in the car when the driver is actively using it. This is why drivers aren’t supposed to text and drive. If they have to use a smartphone for something necessary – like using it as a GPS – then they should use a hands-free system so that they’re not as distracted. 

But what many drivers will do is spend the time at red lights checking their notifications. They assume that this isn’t “distracted driving” because they are not moving at the time. However, research has found that it can still be a significant problem.

The next 27 seconds

According to some studies, drivers who do this may set the phone down when the light turns green and they begin driving. But those drivers will still be distracted – cognitively speaking – for roughly 27 seconds. That’s how long it takes them to refocus on the road.

This is a problem everywhere, but it can especially be a problem in urban areas where there are numerous intersections and stoplights. Some drivers may only spend a minute or two between lights. If they’re using their device at every light, they may think that they aren’t a distracted driver – but they actually are. For a significant portion of the drive, they are severely mentally distracted.

What to do after an accident

Have you been injured by a distracted driver? If so, you may be able to seek financial compensation. This can help to cover directly related costs stemming from the car crash, such as lost wages and medical bills. 

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