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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    ‘Wandering eyes’ traffic accident fear


    Wandering eyes can cause road traffic accidents, scientists have warned in the wake of shocking new figures.

    US researchers found that motorists take their eyes off the road for an average of six minutes every hour.

    For a tenth of the time they are consumed in distracting activities that cause concentration to stray away from what is happening on the road.

    These include eating, drinking, reaching for the phone, texting, altering temperature or radio controls, or adjusting a mirror, seat belt or window.

    Teenagers who have just passed their test are most likely to have an accident or have a near miss because of being distracted, the study showed.

    But even for veteran drivers, the danger of crashing or just missing a collision more than doubles if they attempt to ‘dial-and-drive’.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline today

    Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help when road traffic accidents are caused by someone else. The national law company’s specialist no win no fee* solicitors have a particular expertise in handling such claims. The service offers a free 24-hour advice helpline on 0800 689 0500. So if you’ve suffered a traffic accident, check out Accident Advice Helpline website, which also offers an informative blog.

    Cameras watched for traffic accidents

    Researchers noted whether the motorist was engaged in distracting activity when
    road traffic accidents or near misses happened.

    They studied film from cameras fitted in the vehicles of about 150 motorists.

    Motorists were videoed for 12 to 18 months.

    Sensors fitted to the cars monitored driving behaviours such as acceleration, sudden braking, swerving, swaying out of a lane.

    Co-author Dr Bruce Simons-Morton, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland, said that anything that takes a motorist’s eyes off the road can be dangerous.

    He added: “Our study shows these distracting practices are especially risky for novice drivers.”

    The results are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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    Date Published: January 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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