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What to know about cognitive distractions

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Research has indicated that roughly a quarter of all car accidents that take place on Minnesota roads can be attributed to using a cellphone while driving. However, cellphone use is not the only type of cognitive distraction that you should strive to eliminate while operating a motor vehicle. For example, attempting to eat a snack, consume a beverage or put on makeup while your car is moving could also increase your risk of being in a crash.

Passengers can create cognitive distractions

Talking to a passenger could take your focus off of the road long enough to cause a wreck. Transporting young children can be especially challenging because they don’t necessarily understand how distracting they can be. As a parent, it’s important that you are able to ignore your child’s demands for attention during a trip to the store, daycare or to the beach. If you have to react to whatever your son or daughter is doing, it’s generally a good idea to do so after coming to a stop.

Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results

The fact that you have never gotten into a motor vehicle accident in the past doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a safe driver. Furthermore, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be involved in a crash in the future.

If you are involved in a crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney may use cellphone records, witness statements or other evidence to establish that another person should be held liable for any losses that you incurred in a wreck.