You may have called Accident Advice Helpline recently (or even today) because you are certain that another driver was to blame for your recent car accident in West Dunbartonshire. You may have seen that the driver was distracted or was driving irresponsibly and there may be other witnesses who saw this as well. It is always a good idea to collect the contact details of witnesses at the scene so that they can be contacted later and asked to provide a witness statement. Your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer can take care of this for you and can do a lot more to help with your personal injury claim after a car accident in West Dunbartonshire.
Think about your car collision in West Dunbartonshire!
You will probably be thinking long and hard about your car accident in West Dunbartonshire. You will be thinking about how much pain you are in and how much money you are losing because you are injured. You may also be thinking about getting as much information together as you can so that your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer can start your claim for compensation.
The bigger question is – what was the other driver thinking about just before the crash. If they were not concentrating wholly on driving then this is called cognitive (or thinking) driver distraction and is a well-recognised cause of car accidents.
It is of such concern these days that many researchers have conducted studies on the effect of ‘thinking’ about other things on driving. One of the major causes of this type of distraction is talking on a mobile phone – even if it is hands free. In the early 2000s, a group of researchers looked at the impact of cognitive (thinking) distraction on a driver’s behaviour. The study was conducted on a road with 21 drivers who were aged between 21 and 43 years.
They drove a normal car around an 8-kilometre city test route. Whilst they were driving they were asked to hold a conversation on a hands free mobile phone but this was not just any old conversation. They were asked to complete three addition tasks – some were easy and others were harder – but they all required the driver to have a good think! Whilst this was happening their visual scanning behaviour was recorded using eye tracking equipment as well as measures of vehicle control, such as braking and deceleration.
The findings showed that when the drivers were thinking hard about an addition task, they were not scanning the road environment as much and tended to look centrally instead of looking to the right and left for potential hazards. When the drivers were thinking about the maths they also spent less time checking their mirrors and instruments. They also used the brake more frequently when they were thinking about a more complicated maths task.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your accident, and find out whether or not you have a good case for compensation.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry