Daydreaming While Driving Causes More Accidents than Texting

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at Shane Smith Law.

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Erie Insurance Group, daydreaming while driving was responsible for over 40,000 fatal auto accidents in 2010. By comparison, texting and driving was to blame for 6,500 fatal accidents.

The NHTSA offers some suggestions to avoid daydreaming while driving;

  • Drivers should shift their eye focus every few seconds. Daydreaming is often caused when a driver gets tunnel vision and settles his focus on what is straight ahead.
  • Chewing gum or having something your mouth keeps your mind moving.
  • Choose alternate or unfamiliar routes to keep your mind from settling into a casual mode where you do not need to actively think about how to get to your destination.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law.

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