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Getting lost in thought can be a distraction

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2022 | Personal Injury |

There are a lot of instances in which drivers get distracted and cause car accidents. These distractions are sometimes easy to track. A driver who was looking down to write a text message may have electronic records of what they were doing, for example.

But there are also some distractions that are much harder to identify. Even drivers themselves may not realize that they’re distracted prior to an accident. In some cases, they may not fully grasp what has happened even after they have caused a crash. A good example of this is getting lost in thought.

Why is it so dangerous?

Studies have found that daydreaming is one of the top causes of driver distraction. A driver doesn’t have to look away from the road to stop paying attention to what they’re doing. If their mind drifts to another topic, that can be enough to increase their odds of an accident.

This type of distraction specifically is so dangerous because it is very hard to identify, both for the driver and for anyone else in the car. From the outside, the driver still appears to be watching the road and holding the steering wheel. They don’t look distracted, and they don’t look dangerous. They probably feel as if they are in control of the vehicle. But cognitive distractions are very real, and that driver could still cause a wreck.

After all, most people have had the experience of arriving somewhere and barely remembering the drive. But for every time that has happened, rest assured that other drivers have also caused accidents by not paying attention. If you have been injured due to the mistakes made by one of these drivers, then you may be able to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.