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Distraction doesn’t end when you put your phone down

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

People understand that looking at a phone while they drive is a dangerous form of distracted driving. Some choose to do it anyway, and some may think they can be safe enough, but they all know that it is technically a distraction.

Those who are focused on safety often decide that they will never text when they drive, but they’re still willing to look at the phone when they’re sitting at a red light or a stop sign. They know they have a short break from driving, so they think that this will also be safe enough. They just get caught up on any notifications that they missed while they were driving.

But is this actually safe enough?

You’re still distracted for half a minute

Studies that have looked into this have discovered that a person who puts their phone down actually still feels the effects of that distraction for almost half a minute after they’re done using the device. It lasts for another 27 seconds. They’re still distracted during this time and could theoretically cause an accident.

This is especially problematic because people tend to do this at intersections. These are already one of the most dangerous places you can drive because traffic has to cross paths and so accidents are inevitable

The odds of being involved in a crash just go up when one of the drivers at that intersection is distracted, whether they realize they are or not. If you get injured in one of these crashes, make sure you know how to seek financial compensation.