Distracted Driving is a serious problem these days. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that 10% of the more than 65,000 fatal car accidents recorded were caused by at least one of the drivers being distracted. It seems as though there’s always a new factor to add to the list of distractions. There are the more obivious candidates such as cell phone use, texting, and paying attention to your GPS, or less obvious attention grabbers like passengers, and minding your children, but one of the most dangerous distractions is a bit more personal… Daydreaming.
Lost in Thought
Yes, it happens to the best of us. In this world of deadlines and multitasking it’s sometimes difficult to keep your mind on the task at hand. Maybe you’re mentally preparing for an important job interview, or you just had an argument with your spouse. There are so many factors that can lead to daydreaming yourself into a fender bender, or worse!
Driving while “lost in thought” beats out texting, eating, and interacting with other passengers, for the number one cause of distracted driving.
The most difficult part is that daydreaming is a type of distraction that is beyond regulation, which puts it in the hands of the motorists to self-regulate. The best that can be done to help to fix this problem, is to spread the word. Let folks know that a certain level of presence while operating a motor vehicle is imperative!
Make sure to pay attention out there, and if you find yourself involved in an accident that may have been caused by distracted driving, please contact The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir.