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The multitasking myth is deadly when it comes to driving

At one time, we were collectively led to believe that technology would pave the way for people to have more free time. That is, machines would do so much of our work that we could focus more on leisure and worry less about certain responsibilities. Well, thus far that has not panned out, and it seems we have to dedicate more and more time to using machines just to keep up with our responsibilities at work and in our personal lives.

Then came a second myth; that we could overcome our time constraints by doing two or more things at once, also known as "multitasking." But the fact is the human brain is not meant to perform more than a single task at a time.

Of course, in many situations, trying to multitask is no big deal. You won't hurt anyone if you attempt to watch a movie while catching up on emails. However, when a person gets behind the wheel of a car and tries to multitask by talking on a cellphone or texting while driving, he or she is taking a terrible risk.

In fact, motorists who talk on the phone while driving have four times the likelihood of being involved in accidents. Moreover, the National Safety Council estimates that in the United States, 21 percent of all traffic accidents involve people who are talking on cell phones while driving.

Any motorist who does not give his or her full attention to the task of driving is a danger to all other road users. If you are injured in a car accident and you believe the responsible party was using a cellphone or texting, you may wish to have the matter investigated by a Texas personal injury attorney. The attorney may be able to gather the evidence you can use to file a civil suit against the negligent driver.

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