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April 2016 Archives

INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS AND DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distractions and sensory deprivation can cause what has been labeled "Inattentional Blindness." The term "inattentional blindness", also known as "perceptual blindness" is defined as a psychological lack of attention that is not associated with any defects or deficits. It may be further defined as " the event in which an individual fails to recognize an unexpected stimulus that is in plain sight." In other words, people sometimes fail to see major things that are going on right in front of their eyes. Drivers can experience inattentional blindness especially if they are distracted by practices such as texting. Looking at tiny keyboards and punching numbers into a tiny screen can cause a driver to avert their attention from the road in front of them and the task of driving.

"PEDTEXTRIANS"-TEXTING PEDESTRIANS -A DANGEROUS NEW TREND

A pedestrian that is distracted by the use of electronic devices while walking, whether it is a cellphone, MP-3 player or any other type of electronic device is at an increased risk of being injured or killed in a Florida traffic accident. The use of electronic devices while walking in traffic has become a huge problem especially among teens. According to statistics, a teen pedestrian is injured or killed every hour.

APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

April is distracted driving awareness month and the Morgan Law Group is writing this blog post to help alert drivers to the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving has become an epidemic resulting in thousand of accidents every year. Driving while distracted can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

DRIVERS ARE DISTRACTED OVER 50% OF THE TIME

A new comprehensive study on driver distractions published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that American drivers are distracted while driving more than 50% of the time. The primary distraction is of course the cell phone. The new study which was funded by the U.S. Government tracked more than 3,500 drivers who agreed to allow the researchers to install cameras, sensors and radars on their vehicles. The researchers discovered the following data:

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