Any time distracted driving comes up, cellphones are usually the first to blame. It makes sense; they’re a triple threat driving distraction and a constant pull at your mental focus, even when they’re put away. But is it possible that while cellphones are a serious issue, there’s an even more dangerous driving distraction most people aren’t aware of?
The Most Dangerous Driving Distraction
Year after year, the data on distracted driving comes to the same conclusion. Cellphones are a powerful distraction, but they only make up about 1-in-8 distracted driving-related crashes. Overwhelmingly, the data points to daydreaming and genera inattentiveness as the top cause of distracted driving, accounting for 60% of all crashes.
Data pointed to this as early as 2013, when one Pennsylvania insurance company suggested that cellphones were not nearly as serious a distraction as other factors. While cellphone use has become much more frequent in the past few years, the data remains the same, especially among studies at the state law enforcement level. In 2018, the Pennsylvania insurance company conducted a second study which found almost identical results to their initial findings.
Why Daydreaming is So Dangerous
Daydreaming seems like a minor distraction, but it has far-reaching consequences. When you start thinking about your favorite movie, or what you need to do when you get home, you lose focus on the road. You start to drive by muscle memory and instinct rather than by sense.
Often, when someone is daydreaming, they aren’t aware they’re distracted at all. When you pick up your phone, some part of you probably knows it’s a distraction. But when you’re staring at the road, thinking about your day at work, that can feel like regular driving right until you realize that you didn’t see that car merging into your lane.
If you or someone you love were seriously injured by a distracted driver, we can fight for you. If you’d like an experienced Connecticut accident attorney from RisCassi & Davis, P.C. to evaluate your case, don’t hesitate to call us at (860) 245-2412 or send us an email!