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Here's how your brain works when you multitask

The reason that texting while driving is so dangerous is that human beings cannot actually multitask. They can do one thing at a time. Studies have found that deliberately focusing on single tasks is always what gives you the best results. That's why you're the safest driver you can be when you focus on driving.

The issue, within your brain, starts with the prefrontal cortex. The best results happen when the right and left side work together, as they do on a single task.

However, multitasking forces people to work on separate tasks. No matter how many times people swear they can multitask, they can't. When you try, your brain jumps back and forth between the left side and the right side of the prefrontal cortex.

It doesn't take long to switch. It may just be a split second. However, jumping back and forth repeatedly stacks a lot of microseconds on top of each other. Researchers have discovered that some people take as much as 40% longer to complete a task when they attempt to multitask than they would have taken if they had just completed one task and then the next.

You can see how dangerous this is when you're driving. As your brain switches back and forth, not only do you waste time with the switch, but you're actively moving from "driving" to "texting." You're not doing both. When you're texting, that's all you're doing, and you're not in control of the car.

Those who suffer injuries in accidents with distracted drivers need to know what rights they have to seek financial compensation.

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