When considering why car accidents take place, it’s common to look at the actions that drivers took — or failed to take — to look for errors. For instance, a distracted driver may have been looking down at the phone, so they didn’t see the traffic stopped ahead of them, or they may have been reaching for something on the floor, so they couldn’t hold the wheel.
However, there are plenty of accidents where it appears that the driver is looking at the road and holding the wheel, but they still make mistakes and crash. One potential reason is that they are still distracted, even if they look like they’re not.
Daydreaming in the car
The issue, some studies have found, is that people tend to daydream. This wandering mind can absolutely make it so that they’re not really paying attention to the traffic around them. They don’t look distracted, but they’re just as distracted as that other driver on their phone. Their mind is nowhere near the road. This can lead to mistakes, it can impact reaction times and it can cause accidents.
You may have experienced this yourself. Maybe you were bored on a long drive. Maybe you were excited for the weekend. Maybe you were stressed out about work and you couldn’t stop thinking about it. The mind can wander for many positive and negative reasons, but all of them have the same negative impact on driving ability.
When a crash happens
If you get injured in a crash with a distracted driver, you may be able to seek compensation. It can help to cover medical bills and related costs.