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Study says brief glances away from road dangerous for drivers

Some South Carolina drivers may believe that taking their eyes off of the road for just a few seconds is not very dangerous, but a study by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety suggests that this is not the case. In that study, researchers found that even a two-second glance away from the road was enough to make it more difficult for a driver to deal with a hazard.

The study used a simulator and tracked eye movements. One of the problems it found was that a period of readjustment once a driver returned their attention to the road was dangerous because in that time the driver did not react as effectively to potential hazards. This was the case even if the driver saw the hazard before looking away from the road.

That drivers tend to be unaware of the degree of their distraction was reinforced by a questionnaire researchers administered after the simulation. Drivers who were distracted tended to give their performance high marks. Researchers pointed out that with no sense of how dangerous their behavior is, there is little incentive for drivers to change their habits.

People who are injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver may want to consult with an attorney. A victim will often receive an offer from the insurance company that is insufficient to cover the expense of medical treatment and lost wages from work. In such a case, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. As such a lawsuit is a civil case, it is not predicated on whether the driver received any criminal charges in connection with the accident.

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