There are many different types of driving distractions, but people tend to focus on the same things most of the time. For instance, most drivers are well aware that texting and driving is a form of distraction. Others know that talking to passengers in the car means they are too distracted and they need to focus on the road.
It is important to know about major sources of distraction, like passengers or cell phones. But it’s also important to know about the other types of distraction that are often overlooked. They too can cause accidents, especially because people often are not as wary. One of these distractions is getting lost in thought.
The majority of distracted drivers
One study looked at different types of distraction and the percentage of drivers who engaged in it. That study found that 61% experienced daydreaming or “getting lost in thought” behind the wheel. This was the single biggest category, so there are those who claim it’s one of the main reasons for car accidents.
It’s also a very problematic issue because it’s hard to combat. If cell phones are distracting, laws can be made outlawing the use of handheld devices in the car. But there’s no way for the police to even identify when a driver is lost in thought, much less make it illegal for someone to daydream.
Plus, getting lost in thought could be connected to other distractions. Someone who is thinking about a concerning text message they just received may not technically be texting and driving, but they are still cognitively distracted by that text.
Distracted driving causes accidents that lead to medical bills, lost wages and other costs for injured parties. Those who have been hurt need to know how to seek financial compensation from these negligent drivers.