Chances are that you do something that is potentially dangerous almost every time you get behind the wheel of a car and you don’t know it. Specifically, you likely make a left-hand turn at an intersection in order to get to your destination. You may even do it while talking on a hands-free cell phone and think nothing of it.
Even a Hands-Free Cell Phone Can Be a Distraction at an Intersection
Researchers recently used MRI machines to find out what happens in the brain when a driver is making a left turn. They found that brain activity in the visual cortex—the area responsible for vision—shuts down significantly when a driver is talking while making a left turn, because brain activity switches to the prefrontal cortex—the area responsible for decision-making.
Yet making a left turn requires a driver to see many different moving pieces at the same time. For example, you need to be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians coming from multiple directions. Thus, it is important to use all the visual brainpower that you have and to avoid distractions that you might not even recognize as distractions—such as talking on a hands-free cell phone.
What to Do If You Are Hurt at a Cedar Rapids Intersection
If you have injured in a Cedar Rapids intersection crash, then it important to contact an experienced Cedar Rapids car accident lawyer today at (800) 800-5678. You can also find out more about your rights by downloading our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.