Mental Processing and Driving
Some of the main causes of delayed brain reaction can lead to:
To allow your brain time to react and avoid factors contributing to a car accident, you should:
- Maintain a safe following distance
- Eliminate distractions
- Drive only while alert and not fatigued or intoxicated
Your brain reacts when you sense things on the road. Most often you see these things, such as a pedestrian, brake lights or an oncoming vehicle. You may also hear things causing your brain to react, such as horns or sirens. When you see, hear or otherwise sense something requiring your attention, your brain registers the information and signals your body to respond. You may apply the brakes or swerve.
Reaction Time and Driver Distraction
Your brain cannot multitask. At best, it can switch between tasks rapidly, which is why texting and car accidents sometimes go hand-in-hand. When you try to drive and perform another task at the same time, you are limiting your brain and body’s ability to react. Maintained focus on the road is impeded by:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Talking into a hands-free device
- Brushing your hair, applying make-up and other grooming
As your brain juggles its attention between driving and whatever else you are doing, important driving cues may be overlooked. If your brain is focusing its attention on the task of talking or listening, you may not recognize a pedestrian in the road or a red light in front of you, even if you are looking right at it.
Distracted drivers or drivers who otherwise compromise their brain reaction time with alcohol, drugs or reckless driving can cause horrific car accidents that injure other drivers.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Orlando or another Florida city, and if you believe someone else may have caused the accident, please contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., to schedule a free consultation.