Driving assessment

Drivers should focus on preventing distractions, says Legal Defenders

Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg and Brock represents clients involved in collisions throughout the State of California.

Texting while driving is a real but also very obvious threat on the road.

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 Driving Awareness Month and its slogan is “Don’t Drive Drunk. Don’t drive inexperienced. Legal Defenders, based in Los Angeles, at the law firms of Burg and Brock, says that while texting and driving is a real but also very obvious threat on the road, it’s only a form of distraction. Arguably, the company says, a vast majority of crashes can be rooted in one type of distraction or another – although not always as obvious as someone trying to look closely at a smartphone while driving.

Legal Defenders points out that probably almost everyone who finds themselves texting while driving knows what they are doing is wrong – just as even the most drunk driver is well aware that they are committing a serious offence. However, even people who would never think of trying to text chat while driving can lose focus in other ways. More subtle distractions can include fumbling with food or drink, trying to avoid annoying music or commercials while adjusting a car stereo or, worse, an electronic device, and, of course, conversations, the firm explains. lawyers specializing in personal injury.

Many people believe they’re good at multitasking, but our often exaggerated self-assessment can turn out to be wrong in a fatal accident if we’re not vigilant, says Legal Defenders. Although talking hands-free on a cell phone is legal in California, it’s a good idea to keep these conversations to a minimum. The problems of talking to another person in the car are offset somewhat by having another set of eyes to warn of road hazards or take note if a driver’s attention seems drift – someone on the other end of a phone call can’t offer that kind of assistance, the law firm says.

Especially on a long trip, it’s human to think about other things while driving, but it’s important to avoid intense daydreams that can take us away from the task at hand, says Legal Defenders. It is a fairly common experience to “wake up” from a mental daydream with no memory of what happened after tens of miles in a mental twilight. This can happen both on long road trips and on daily commutes where the routine nature of travel can make us feel like we can continue on mental autopilot. Unfortunately, it may be decades before truly self-driving cars are safe. In the meantime, it’s incumbent on all drivers to stay focused on maintaining their concentration and not letting bad habits put them and others in life-threatening situations, the law firm says.

Readers can learn more about Legal Defenders by visiting their website at https://legaldefenders.com/ or by calling (888) 509-2998.

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