Road Accidents and Potential Causes
Reports and Studies
A recent report in the Daily Mail suggests that the most dangerous manoeuvre a driver can undertake is to turn right whilst talking. A Canadian research team has discovered that a part of the brain is unable to function properly when faced with too much multi-tasking. Results show that a complicated manoeuvre such as turning right against oncoming traffic needs full concentration, with no distractions to be completed safely.
A Canadian study into the effects of talking whilst driving has revealed that brainpower can be severely compromised if trying to multi-task. This included when using hands-free kits in the car, in addition to when actually holding a mobile phone. So is it going to be worthwhile for government agencies to spend money educating both drivers and passengers about the inherent dangers of distractions in the car, or will drivers continue talking regardless?
The recent Canadian research results indicate that our brain can be overloaded at crucial times when driving. The Daily Mail reported that,
‘We have finite resources, and when we begin a discussion, the brain starts to shift resources. But you need all these resources to carry out a complicated driving manoeuvre safely.’
Government ‘Think’ campaigns have been very successful in reducing the number of road accidents in the past, but even if there was money available for further campaigns, would members of the public take notice if they were told not to talk to each other at certain points during a car journey?
Auto accident claim company, Accident Advice Helpline, knows all about the aftermath of losing concentration at the wheel, as they deal with many RTA compensation claims every month. A spokesperson from the firm said,
“Loss of concentration is a common cause of road accidents in the UK and we deal with many claims for compensation following accidents that could have been avoided. We would welcome a government campaign to tackle this sort of problem, as past campaigns have been extremely successful. Unfortunately, a new campaign is unlikely to happen due to budget cuts.”
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s leading auto accident claim companies. They offer expert personal injury claim advice about a wide range of accident types and can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Auto Accident claims are common and should always be undertaken if you are the victim.
Date Published: September 14, 2013
Author: David Brown