Smoking and Driving - A Bad Combination
The driver who hit you was smoking a cigarette.
Does it matter?
Does the fact that he/she was smoking impact your injury claim?
Well, if responsibility for your accident is in dispute it certainly might.
Smoking can causes a number of different distractions:
> Visual distraction - such as when a driver is looking for a pack of cigarettes or a lighter;
> Cognitive distraction - this takes place when a motorist is thinking about finding and then lighting up a cigarette;
> Manual distraction - usually a person has to take one if not both hands off their steering wheel in order to light a cigarette while driving
The National Institutes of Health ( a US body) published a report which examines this very issue.
And ,interestingly enough, this study found that drivers who were smoking were more distracted than those using a cellular phone.
So, was the driver who hit you smoking?
If so, this could make a big difference when it comes to tackling the question of who's responsible for your crash.
Interested in talking about this issue?
Call me at 604-255-9018 or send me an e-mail at [email protected]
McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers
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