Inattention Behind the Wheel Could Be Causing Many Accidents

If you’ve ever let your mind wander while you were driving, you aren’t alone: a new study shows a majority of drivers reported doing so, leading researchers to believe that inattention is likely causing many car accidents. Mind wandering is only made worse by other distractions behind the wheel, like mobile devices.

For the study, participants took part in a driving simulation, in which their brain patterns were monitored to determine when their attention drifted off. Participants did two 20-minute driving sessions for five consecutive days to simulate a daily commute to work on a highway.

According to the results, mind wandering was common among all drivers. However, they were only aware of it about 65% of the time. Researchers also found that the inattention put them in more danger, as they were less receptive to external stimuli.

Could Technology Help with Driver Inattention?

Researchers say further studies are needed to determine the true dangers of mind wandering behind the wheel. However, they also say technology could play an important role in reducing the dangers of inattention. Autonomous driving features, such as lane-keeping technology, can help reduce errors caused by inattention. Eventually, self-driving vehicles can also help address these issues.

“Inattention behind the wheel is undoubtedly a problem on roadways. Drivers should do their best to stay focused while driving. Eliminating distractions and ensuring you are not driving drowsy will help you focus on the road,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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