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When It Comes to Distracted Driving, “Multitasking” Is a Myth, Says National Safety Council

By Kelly Balamuth on December 22, 2011

The National Safety Council (NSC) released a report this year exploring why distracted driving is responsible for so many accidents on U.S. roads and explains how the human brain processes tasks. It concludes that “multitasking” is a myth, and that drivers who are distracted by cell phones or other things while driving drastically increase the risk that they will cause a serious accident.

distracted driving“Multitasking” has been a popular buzzword in recent years, as more people try to fit more activities, work, and play into the same number of hours in each day. Many employers say that they prize workers who can “multitask” by handling more than one thing at a time.

People who study the human brain, however, say that “multitasking” is a myth, according to the NSC. When it comes to paying attention and processing information, the brain doesn’t actually do two things at once. Instead, it switches back and forth between two things rapidly. Unfortunately, in the amount of time it takes to make this switch, a driver can miss any number of things – a changing traffic light, a stop sign, a ball rolling into the street – that he or she should have reacted to immediately. By the time the driver does react, it may be too late to prevent a tragedy.

Safe driving must be a priority for everyone on the road if we are going to minimize the number of serious car crashes that happen every year. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Orinda car accident injury attorneys at Balamuth Harrington. We can help you investigate what happened and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For more information, call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free and confidential consultation.

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