Daydreaming & Driving: Is It More Dangerous Than Texting?

Posted By Montgomery Personal Injury Attorney || 12-Sep-2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving accidents kill more than 3,300 people annually in the United States—which does not even account for the 387,000 others who are seriously injured. This means that nearly 18% of all motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. that result in injury can be attributed to distracted driving practices. While many people assume that the most obvious culprit is cell phone use, you may be surprised to learn that texting and/or talking on a cell phone while driving is not actually the most dangerous form of distracted driving.

According to a study that was conducted by the Eerie Insurance Group, most distracted driving accidents are caused by daydreaming. When examining 65,000 fatal car accidents, they found that 10% had been attributed to distracted driving practices. Of this percentage, 62% were caused by daydreaming. While they also found that cell phone use did, in fact, contribute to a significant portion of these fatal car accidents, it was far behind with only 12%. For this reason, it is important to understand that not all distractions are manual. Rather, it is far more dangerous to take your attention off of the road.

If you or someone you love has already been involved in such an accident in Alabama—whether due to driver inattention or any other form of distracted driving—you should not hesitate to discuss your case with a Montgomery personal injury lawyer at Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation, so there is no reason why you should wait any longer to retain the professional assistance that you will need. All you will need to do is contact our office today at (888) 694-0174 for a free initial consultation.

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