Length of Time to Stop a Car When a Child Steps into the Street

Length of Time to Stop a Car When a Child Steps into the Street

Multiple studies and statistics have revealed that drivers use their cell phones to talk and text while driving. The problem with this is that the human brain has a hard time executing multiple tasks efficiently. When a driver engages in two or more tasks while behind the wheel, the individual decreases his or her ability to properly perform each task and increases his or her chances of being involved in an Atlanta car accident.

So, how does a distracted driver who is engaged in multiple activities at the wheel process something like a child stepping out into the street?

When there are no distractions, the average driver takes about a quarter of a second to identify a road hazard (such as a broken down car or a child stepping into the street), a quarter of a second to process the information, and an additional quarter of a second to make a decision, according to SafeKids.org.

What does this mean in a school zone?

If a driver is traveling at 30 mph in a school zone, it will take that driver about 33 feet before reacting to the road hazard. At that time, the driver will step on the brakes, which can take an additional 33 feet. However, the vehicle takes about three seconds to engage the brakes, which means another 38 feet. The overall braking distance required is approximately 104 feet.

How does this information affect distracted drivers in school zones?

For distracted drivers, stopping the car for a child or other road hazard can take an extra 33 feet for each second the driver is distracted. If the driver is distracted for four seconds, then the overall stopping distance required would be an extra 132 feet added onto the 104 feet described above.

Because distractions may take a driver's eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and attention from driving, a distracted driver is more likely to be involved in an Atlanta car crash than a driver not distracted behind the wheel.

If you or your loved ones are injured in an Atlanta car accident due to no fault of your own, please call an experienced Atlanta accident attorney at Kalka & Baer today for a free consultation.

Categories: Auto Accidents