There have been so many studies lately that have looked at the link between driver distraction and car accidents and if you are reading this because you have just had a car accident in Inverclyde then this may be of interest to you. It is not hard to see how a car accident in Inverclyde could be caused by driver distraction – if a driver is not totally concentrating on their driving then surely they are more likely to make mistakes. However, science requires some more proof that this! Studies are needed to find out exactly how the distraction works and what role it can play in a car accident in Inverclyde or in any other part of the country.
There is also a legal element to this situation. If you have been hurt in a car accident in Inverclyde that was not your own fault then you may be able to start a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a legal firm that can provide legal help and support with this. Anyone can call them and discuss their case – if they have grounds to start a personal injury claim then Accident Advice Helpline will take it from there.
The science of distraction and a car accident in Inverclyde
There have been many types of studies in many countries which have tried to identify if there is a link between driver distraction (especially on mobile phones) and accidents. Some studies have tried to quantify the risk – this means that they have tried to find out how big the risk is. For example, does talking on a mobile phone double your risk of having a car accident or triple it and so on. Other studies try to work out exactly what type of distraction is causing the problem. Is it visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), cognitive (thinking) or biomechanical (doing)? Other studies have looked at the various aspects of using a mobile phone such as dialling, answering a call and talking and listening.
These studies have been carried out since the early 1990s. Some have used driving simulators – they put some drivers in a simulator and then distract them with a mobile phone and measure the reactions. This is good, because no-one can get hurt in a driving simulator although it can be questioned whether this actually mimics a real driving experience. Other studies have used a closed road, for example a disused race track or airfield. They give drivers a route to follow and then provide a mobile phone distraction. This is slightly more dangerous for the drivers but is closer to real driving conditions without being on an actual road. Finally, some studies are epidemiological studies which look at information from real accidents.
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Date Published: 11th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry