/ Blog/ Could Daydreaming Be a Hidden Cause of Indianapolis Car Accidents?
We see distracted drivers in Indianapolis every day. In fact, it’s hard to find drivers who are paying complete attention to the road. While many people associate distracted driving with texting, speaking on a cell phone and other non-driving activities that involve gadgets, this is a narrow and incomplete definition. More broadly, distracted driving occurs when you are engaged in any activity that interferes with your ability to drive. If the activity interferes with seeing the road, using the car’s controls (steering wheel, accelerator and brakes), or your mental focus, then it’s a distraction. This means that even daydreaming, or being lost in your thoughts, is distracted driving. Several years ago, the Erie Insurance Group studied police data and found that daydreaming caused the most distracted driving fatalities.
This finding makes sense because daydreaming is a common human behavior. It occurs when people are bored, have pressing concerns or are reminiscing. When caught up in routine activities that don’t challenge the mind, people naturally occupy themselves with more interesting things. This means they drive on autopilot, which leaves them vulnerable to any unexpected traffic event.
How do you fight this kind of distraction? By actively engaging in focused driving. Here are four tips to help you avoid an Indianapolis auto accident by staying focused on the “here and now” of your driving:
While daydreaming can be nice, being on the receiving end of a daydreaming driver’s negligent behavior can leave you in a nightmare. If you were injured because of the actions of a negligent driver, get the legal advice of an experienced Indianapolis car accident attorney. For a free case evaluation, contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham today.
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