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Multitasking & Distracted Driving

Multitasking – The ability to do several things at the same time.

“It’s called multitasking,” is my go-to statement to say to my boyfriend when he is texting away and remaining quiet as I ask him a question.

To which he responds, “I can’t do that.”

I read an article which stated that people who believe themselves to be good multitaskers are the most dangerous behind the wheel, and vice versa.  Which made me think, that instead of completely blaming smartphones and the 21st century for providing us with several tools of distraction, maybe just maybe, the problem might be people not knowing their limits and misjudging their own abilities?

Talking or texting on cellphones has become one of the most common ways of multitasking. Multitasking once reserved for the work environment, has now poured out and become a vital tool for everyday living and activities. Cellphones have given us the ability to be as close to being at two places at once as humanly possible. Hence why it plays such a big distraction when you are traveling in a car, you’re here but you want to be there. The point is cellphones equal multitasking heaven.

So if the problem really is people overestimating their own abilities when it comes to being able to multitask. The solution probably won’t be more statistics on how many people do it and how dangerous it is. Everyone knows it’s dangerous, the problem is the “it won’t happen to me” mentality, the “It’s not ok for everyone else to do it, but I’m good at it” thoughts.

So what is the solution?

I don’t know. But, in an era where social networks steer the world, and being socially accepted whether by likes on your Instagram post or your Facebook page make you feel more liked. Maybe the key lies in not shining a light as much on how many people do it, but rather how many more people don’t do it and how much more they are liked?

Far stretch? Maybe, but I’d say its wort a shot.

If you are a victim of a car accident resulting from a distracted driver, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced car accident lawyer at Mazow | McCullough.

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