Daydreaming poses highway dangers

In Arizona, a slow drive in a rural area can make for a pleasant outing. However, a seemingly innocent drive on a Sunday afternoon can cause a serious motor vehicle accident if the driver is daydreaming. Although regulations about using cell phones while driving are designed to prevent accidents, governmental agencies are not passing laws regarding distracted driving. Yet many preoccupied American drivers have caused serious car accidents. A driver who causes an accident because he or she is daydreaming is guilty of negligence.

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System is a database encompassing the United States. The system collects data regarding car crashes to determine the primary reasons for the accidents. Statistics reveal that 1 out of every 10 of the traffic deaths in the five-year period that was analyzed was caused by an inattentive driver. Nearly two-thirds of those fatalities resulted from drivers who were daydreaming. In fact, daydreamers cause more road accidents than drivers using their cell phones do. Drivers who are on long trips may easily become bored and make serious mistakes.

Self-driving cars may cause more accidents because vehicle owners will still need to keep their eyes on the road. Some vehicle manufacturers want to solve the problem by implementing eye-tracking software in the vehicles. These visionaries predict that the software will make sure that people operating self-driving vehicles are watching out for potential accidents.

Whether a motor vehicle accident is caused by an absentminded driver or a self-driving vehicle, the victim needs to contact a motor vehicle accident personal injury attorney before the statute of limitations expires. An initial consultation enables the lawyer to determine whether the potential claimant has a valid case. A legitimate lawsuit may result in monetary compensation for the victim.

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