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Study reveals danger in visual distractions while driving

Georgia drivers may be interested in a study that shows how dangerous visual distractions can be while driving. Taking one's eyes off the road for just seconds can seriously increase the risk of an accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, glances away from the road while driving should be limited to two seconds. During those two seconds, a car traveling 70 mph can move nearly half the distance of a football field. Longer distractions from the road can lead to a serious risk of an auto accident. However, this two-second rule is being called into question by further research.

The Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has released the results of a study that shows that, even with two-second glances off the road, there may be a period of readjustment. This readjustment period can seriously impact safety. The researchers used sophisticated eye-tracking software in a simulator to watch drivers as they experienced two-second visual interruptions while driving. Following the two-second interruption, drivers were slower to react to hazards than those who did not have their vision interrupted.

Even more troubling to the researchers was an issue with drivers who were shown signs of an upcoming hazard prior to the visual interruption. They did not seem to be aware that their driving was impacted by the interruption as they continued to rate their driving performance highly. The researchers believe that this study can cause greater awareness of the danger of even minor visual interruptions while driving.

A distracted driver on the road greatly increases the danger to them and the drivers around them. When someone is hurt in a car accident, an attorney may be able to help. The attorney may be able to bring a lawsuit against that negligent driver to win compensation for the injured party.

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