Girardi | Keese

Another Study: Multi-Tasking And Driving Do Not Mix

Distracted drivers claim the lives of many Californians every year. Although the risks of driving and texting are attracting more and more attention, some drivers ignore the obvious dangers and wind up harming other motorists.

A new study looked at impact of multitasking on accuracy. Unsurprisingly, the results indicate that people are not good at juggling multiple tasks and accuracy levels dropped off dramatically. This confirms that distracted driving is unreasonably dangerous and often even negligent. When a distracted driver causes a fatal accident, for example, the victim's family should be able to recover for this kind of dangerous behavior in a wrongful death claim.

The study asked young participants to juggle two visually oriented tasks. One of the tasks stood in for driving and required the participant to respond to visual stimuli by accurately pushing the correct button. At the same time, the participants tried to give walking directions to another person by typing in an instant messenger window.

Although the participants gave themselves good marks for performance, they actually performed quite poorly. Accuracy dropped off by around 50 percent - indicating a big distraction. In addition, the study measured eye movements and found that the participants spent a lot of time switching focus between the tasks. This means that, for big chunks of time, they were not effectively focused on either task.

When a distracted driver causes an accident, the consequences for the victims and their families can be severe. Californians who find themselves in this situation should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss their options.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Why Some Types of Multitasking Are More Dangerous Than Others," July 7, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

IN THE NEWS

The Soto Verdict

Girardi | Keese attorneys have won a $2.3M verdict for a Long Beach resident run over by a Parks & Rec truck. Read more here.

The Madero Verdict

Attorney Christopher T. Aumais persuaded a San Bernardino County jury to deliver an  exceptionally high verdict in an area known for low jury awards.

A Champion of Justice

Partner Amy Fisch Solomon was a Champion of Justice in 2015, proving that success in law isn't just about the size of your verdict or settlement.

Own a VW Diesel?

Read about VW's emissions scandal and 
our class action against the automaker.

Referrals

Learn About Our Referral Network Read More

Our Attorneys

Meet our award-winning team Read More

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

The true measure of a lawyer isn’t the awards, but what the awards say about the lawyer: dedication and commitment to the client.

Super Lawyers Distinguished AV | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability American Association For Justice Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys California Supreme Court Icon 7 Icon Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms 2014 | U.S. News American Board of Trial Advocates Law Dragon America's Top 100 Attorneys | Lifetime Achievement