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Study highlights dangers of distracted driving

Drivers in Kentucky may be interested in hearing about a study conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety on how distractions affect driving abilities. Released in April during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the study looked at drivers' responses to dangerous and nonhazardous situations after two-second distractions, using simulated driving and eye-tracking devices. The study found that even two-second distractions could have an influence on drivers' abilities to look for hazards. The researchers also concluded that every a few seconds of distracted driving could put drivers at greater risk for accidents.

The driving study also examined distracted drivers' perception of their driving abilities through participants' ratings of their performances. In the study, drivers rated their driving ability highly when they were operating a vehicle while they were distracted.

The study suggests that certain types of behaviors that lead to two-second glances away from the road, such as checking smart phones, are dangerous to drivers' safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that drives should not look away from the road for more than two seconds, but the study found that after looking away from the road for two seconds, drivers need a period of readjustment.

When a driver's careless actions causes an injury to another driver or passenger in Kentucky, an individual may be able to sue for damages for medical expenses, car repair costs and lost wages. A personal injury lawyer may be able to give clients advice on whether they should proceed with a personal injury lawsuit after an accident.

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