Have you ever been driving when you became lost in thought? Maybe you suddenly looked around, and you were on a part of the road that you didn’t remember driving to. Maybe you got to your destination, and you remembered very little of the entire trip. It’s happening to everyone at one time or another.
The fact that this does happen so often can make people think that it’s not really a big deal. Clearly, they were still paying enough attention to drive safely, even if they don’t really remember doing so. But there are some reports indicating that this may be a bigger problem than these drivers realize.
A major driving distraction
What you find is that some researchers have called getting lost in thought the most common driving distraction that people face. It leads directly to car accidents and might be a more frequent problem than things like texting and driving or talking to passengers.
It is additionally problematic because it’s more difficult to prevent. For example, the authorities can make laws saying that texting and driving is illegal. This may not prevent it entirely, but it is going to make it less common. However, there’s nothing that can be done to keep people from daydreaming, and many drivers don’t even realize that they are doing it until it ends – either with them arriving safely or with them causing a car accident.
What are your options?
If you’ve been hit by a distracted driver and suffered serious injuries, you need to know about all of your legal options. You may deserve compensation for medical bills, lost wages and much more.