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Can Driving with a Common Cold be Dangerous?

Published January 12, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Our New York car accident attorneys have frequently reported on the dangers of distracted driving. Most recently, we identified a variety of driving distractions and offered suggestions for eliminating them when driving. Now, ABC News has identified yet one more hazard for drivers – the common cold.

Researchers in Great Britain have found that a normally excellent driver that gets behind the wheel with a heavy cold is just as dangerous as someone who has just consumed four double shots of whiskey.

Young Marmalade, a UK-based car insurance company, and Cardiff University in Wales, joined forces in studying the effects of the common cold on drivers in England. They reported that drivers who are sick drive erratically and have slowed reaction times. In fact, the ABC News Health blog reported findings from the study that the driving skills of sick drivers “dropped by about 50 percent when compared with those who were healthy.”

A quick calculation by ABC estimated that 1 million Americans will be driving with a cold on any given day. What should you do if you are faced with a cold, but also need to drive?

After assessing whether you can drive safely feeling as ill as you do, you should focus on the task at hand and follow basic safe driving skills. The ABC report suggests that sick drivers should be more attentive, keep both hands on the wheel, buckle up and allow enough distance between themselvesand other cars. Also, make sure that you have tissues nearby so you aren’t trying to reach to the back of the car if one is needed.

Our NY accident attorneys remind Binghamton drivers that anytime you get behind the wheel of a car, you can have an accident when distracted for just a split second. Recognizing, and avoiding, driving distractions can help keep you, your passengers and others safe from accidents.

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As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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