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Looking isn't necessarily the same as seeing

Drivers in California and throughout the country may be afflicted by something called attentional blindness. It's a term coined in 1992 by scientists at MIT that refers to not seeing something even while looking right at it. This is because the mind prioritizes certain pieces of information over others to prevent a person from being overwhelmed by sensory input. In some cases, these scenarios occur because a person expects an event to unfold in a certain way.

For instance, a truck driver may anticipate a motorcyclist making a quick move through traffic and act accordingly. However, if the motorcyclist decides to stay put instead, it could result in a collision. Pilots can also be prone to errors because they have certain expectations for how a situation should play out. While there is no way to eliminate attentional blindness, there are ways to mitigate its impact.

For instance, drivers should be on the lookout for signs that may indicate that children are nearby or that a pedestrian crossing is coming up. Drivers should also be sure to not rely too much on advanced safety features. Navigation, blind spot warning and collision warning systems should supplement what the driver is seeing as opposed to acting as a replacement for critical thinking while on the road.

Inattentive drivers often cause truck accidents. These motorists may be considered negligent even if their eyes were on the road when the accident took place. Injured victims could therefore be entitled to compensation for current and future medical bills as well as lost wages and lost future earnings. An attorney may help a victim with the legal process.

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