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How multitasking contributes to accidents

With many people juggling hectic schedules and massive to-do lists, it is no surprise that multitasking has become the method by which most people operate on a daily basis. Doing this in the car, however, can contribute to dangerous accidents.

Texting and driving certainly have the worst reputation for being distracting, but it is not the only behavior that can land drivers in the middle of an accident. Any kind of distraction like eating, applying makeup, talking to others in the car, or changing a radio station can be considered multitasking.

This is not to say that you cannot talk on the phone or text while doing other activities, but combining these behaviors with driving is a deadly combination. Talking, texting, and driving are all thinking activities, meaning that your brain needs to be able to focus in order to judge surroundings accurately. If your attention is pulled from the road and the environment around you, it is easy to misjudge your own driving reaction. All it takes is a few seconds of lost focus to cause an accident.

Even talking on a hands-free set or to someone else in the car is a form of multitasking. In busy traffic or in risky weather conditions, not focusing the majority of your thoughts on proceeding safely could cost you your life. The problem with multitasking on the road is that a driver requires his or her brain to switch back and forth from a “driving” focus to focusing on another task. This is a taxing way to alter focus, and it is one that could lead to major accidents. Small details that might have been picked up while staying focused on driving can easily drop off the radar and be missed entirely. If you have been injured by a driver trying to multitask, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings at work and pain and suffering payments. Call 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-person consultation with Jayson Lutzky and visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky’s areas of practice.

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