Recent research conducted by the Erie Insurance Group shows that drivers who are “lost in thought” are more dangerous than those talking or texting on their cell phones. In fact, drivers who daydream while behind the wheel are reportedly five times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than those distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices.
The study results were based on the 65,000 fatal vehicle accidents that occurred over the past two years. Distracted driving was the cause of approximately ten percent (6,500) of these deadly accidents.
According to reports filed by law enforcement officials concerning these fatal crashes, daydreaming was the primary factor behind 62 percent of these accidents, as compared to the 12 percent caused by cell phone use.
Following are some of the dangers of daydreaming while driving:
- Running stop signs, yield signs, and red lights
- Swerving between lanes
- Failing to recognize sharp turns in the road
- Being unprepared to suddenly stop when a car in front abruptly brakes
We have all been behind the wheel, thinking about responsibilities at home, work, or school. These distractions take our minds away from the road and other drivers, and put everyone at risk of serious injury or death. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car crash due to the negligence of another driver, a Chicago car wreck lawyer at Lane & Lane may be able to help. Our skilled and compassionate attorneys will take the time to review your case, answer all of your questions, and help you to understand your legal options. Give us a call today at 312-332-1400 to schedule your free consultation. We will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.