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How does inattentional blindness contribute to car accidents?

Ever heard of inattentional blindness? It is where the brain only focuses on the things it thinks are most important at any given moment. One would think that when driving, everything that keeps a person driving safely would be important information, but the truth is, a lot of it gets filtered out and that often contributes to car accidents in Maryland and elsewhere.

There are times when inattentional blindness can serve a person well. It can help a person focus and complete certain tasks. However, when driving, it is a hazard. When behind the wheel of a car, the brain is taking in a lot of sensory information. In truth, it can only take in so much at a time, which is why vital data may be filtered out instead of retained, causing drivers to make bad decisions -- such as pulling out in front other vehicles, failing to follow traffic signs and failing to yield to pedestrians, among other things.

According to researchers, inattentional blindness is expectation-based. What that means is, people expect to see certain things at specific times. A new stimulus may be missed because it is not expected. It does not matter how important the data is to one's situation.

What does this mean for victims of car accidents? Inattentional blindness, if it was the cause of the collision, does not excuse a driver's actions. The responsible party may be held accountable for the victim's losses. Maryland residents who wish to pursue compensation following auto accidents where negligence is believed a contributing factor may do so by filing legal claims in civil court. With the assistance of counsel, it is possible to take the steps necessary to seek maximum relief.

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