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Does daydreaming really cause car accidents?

Most drivers have daydreamed behind the wheel. They may just feel like they get lost in thought or that their mind is wandering. Sometimes, they only zone out for a few seconds. In other cases, a driver may arrive at home with very little recollection of the entire trip.

Since this happens to everyone, it’s easy to assume that it’s not that big of a deal. After all, the driver who doesn’t remember the trip still got home safely. However, some studies have found that daydreaming is one of the top causes of car accidents. Researchers warn that the wandering mind could actually prove to be fatal.

People often aren’t aware of this distraction

Yes, daydreaming is a significant distraction. Remember that the main three categories for distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are manual distractions, physical distractions and cognitive distractions. A driver who is daydreaming is experiencing a mental distraction, even if they are looking at the road and holding the steering wheel.

Moreover, these distractions are often harder to identify. A driver who is holding their phone or a cup of coffee knows that they are distracted. However, a driver whose mind is wandering may not even realize it until after they have caused an accident.

Have you been injured in a crash caused by one of these distracted drivers? You could be facing extensive medical bills, a long path to recovery and other financial issues like lost wages or lost earning capacity. Therefore, it’s important for you to know how to seek financial compensation from the driver who caused the accident.

John P. Aldrich
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