The phrase “distraction hangover” applies to something surprising: cell phones. Studies have shown that texting leaves after-effects that can cause car accidents.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that drivers may experience a distraction hangover for up to 27 seconds after sending a message, making a phone call, or updating social media. This means that the distraction lasts after the interaction. Here are the AAA’s recommendations for eliminating driving distractions:
- Put your cell phone out of sight to avoid temptation.
- Put the cell phone on Do Not Disturb mode.
- If you must make a call or send an important text, pull over somewhere safe to do so.
- Program your navigation system before heading out.
- Passengers should not distract drivers by making calls or texting.
What About Heads-Up Displays?
Some vehicles have heads-up display technology that shows dashboard and phone information on windshields and small screens in front of drivers. While this is better than looking down at a phone, it is still a distraction.
Auto manufacturers might claim that those systems and voice-activated technologies lessen the dangers of distraction, but the problem is still there. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road is a risk. As for the distraction hangover effect, many things can happen in 27 seconds.
Pennsylvania Car Accident Laws
Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations for filing car accident lawsuits.
Navigating the state’s insurance system can be confusing. Drivers can choose fault-based insurance (full tort) or no-fault (limited tort). Your claim will be processed according to which option you choose in your auto policy.
The state also has a modified comparative negligence rule. If you are found partially responsible for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. To be eligible for compensation, you cannot be more than 50 percent at fault.
Contact a Media Car Accident Lawyer at Eckell Sparks if a Distracted Driver Injured You
If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, reach out to an experienced Media car accident lawyer at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Complete our online form or call 610-565-3701 for an initial consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.