The Main Cause of Rear-End Car Accidentsgriffinreynoldswriter
Distracted driving is one of the main causes of rear-end collisions. When people look down at a cell phone, their eyes are staring down. No one can see what is front of them if they are looking down. Peripheral vision cannot be trusted because this type of vision is often inaccurate. If a car is parked or stopped at a stoplight or stop sign, distracted drivers often fail to notice and end up hitting the car in front of them.
In most rear-end accidents, the driver who rear-ended the other car is liable for damages. Call an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer if a car hit you while you were at a stoplight or stop sign.
The Effects of Distracted Driving
The brain can multi-task effectively on small tasks that are similar to each other. However, multitasking becomes distorted when we take on larger tasks that are fundamentally different from each other. One task is more likely to be neglected than the other task. During distracted driving, the task of driving is a large task that has to compete with a less complex task like reading and sending a text.
Driving requires you to watch the road, remember basic traffic laws, stop to avoid hitting other cars or running red lights, turn when needed, and go when the light turns green. Performing two complex tasks simultaneously decreases reaction time because the brain is forced to pull from the same mental resources, which is where distraction comes into play. The effects of distraction emerge from reduced reaction time.
Distractions from a cell phone, GPS, or talking can decrease brain activities related to driving and processing of the external environment. A driver’s perceptions of the world around them can become slightly distorted during another activity that focuses their attention away from the world.
Negligence of Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end accidents are often considered an automatic-fault accident. This is because these accidents mostly happen when a distracted driver runs into the back of another car. However, there are rare instances when a car may stop unexpectedly in the middle of fast traffic or a group of wrecked cars may block the road. These scenarios are what can complicate the determination of negligence for rear-end accidents.
To determine negligence, your lawyer will need to prove that you have suffered injuries, the defendant was distracted while driving, and that the defendant caused the wreck. This means collecting evidence like medical records, pictures of the accident, and eyewitness testimony. A cross examination of evidence will separate potential lies from truth to reveal what actually happened.
Oklahoma Car Accident Attorney
If you were rear-ended by another car while you were following traffic laws, you may be able to receive compensation to cover the costs of your injuries and psychological distress. We may be able to increase your chances of a fair settlement because we understand the traffic laws and legalities of rear-end collisions. Contact an Oklahoma car accident lawyer today at the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 for free consultation.