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Older drivers are susceptible to distracted driving, too

When you think about distracted driving, you probably have the mental picture of a young person driving down the road with his or her cell phone in hand. Young people do have a reputation for being more likely to engage in reckless actions, but they may not be the most dangerous drivers on the road. There are studies that revealed that older people may actually be more prone to distraction than younger drivers.

There are many reasons why this may be the case. For example, there are more things than ever before that are capable of causing distraction. Hands-free technology can also give a false sense of security, as a driver may have both hands on the wheel but still be cognitively distracted

An understanding of a dangerous problem

Cars are safer than ever before, but they also come with features that can be distracting and potentially dangerous. For many, their phone automatically connects with their vehicle. For older drivers, the hands-free system can be particularly dangerous, as it distracts the driver, as can a touch screen GPS or radio controls. When it comes to understanding older drivers and the problem of distraction, it may help to consider the following facts: 

  • It is more likely that in-car technology will distract older drivers than it will distract younger drivers.
  • Even hands-free systems sometimes require hands-on interaction, such as inputting an address into a GPS or pushing a button.
  • When doing simple tasks while driving, older people are likely to take their eyes off the road for longer periods of time than younger drivers.

When a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for even two seconds, it can double the chance of an accident. Distraction of any kind, whether it is cognitive, manual or physical, is dangerous for the driver and every other person on the road.

Holding liable parties accountable 

If you are the victim of a driver who was dealing with a distraction at the time of the collision, you have the right to seek appropriate compensation through a civil claim. Pennsylvania law allows for victims to pursue recourse through the civil justice system. If you believe you have a valid claim, you may want to start by seeking an evaluation and assessment of your case. 

Personal injury cases are time-sensitive, which makes it important for you to pursue the appropriate course of action in a timely manner. Reaching out for legal counsel is a practical place to start.

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