Can a person’s mental state make them a dangerous driver?

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When we consider what makes people worse drivers than they should be, we often look at their physical activities. Someone who is holding the phone and looking down to text, for instance, is clearly more of a risk than someone who is holding the wheel and looking at the road.

But what about a person’s mental state? Can that contribute to their accident risks?

Mental state is a significant predictor of accidents

As you may have guessed, the answer is yes. A person’s mental state definitely plays a major role in how likely they are to crash.

For instance, some studies have suggested that becoming lost in thought is one of the leading reasons for distracted driving accidents. The driver isn’t actively engaged in any distracting activity. They’re just bored, and their mind wanders. By the time they realize they’re not really paying attention, it’s too late.

Another potential issue is if someone is rushing. They’re feeling frantic and flustered because they’re late for work or for a doctor’s appointment, for instance. You make more mistakes when you rush while doing anything — working, cleaning, writing, etc. The same is true with driving. Rushing can also lead to other issues, such as breaking the speed limit, tailgating or driving aggressively.

If you get involved in a car accident caused by a driver who was not being careful enough, you may be able to seek compensation. If the process of getting it seems a bit overwhelming, it can help to get experienced legal guidance. Your compensation can help you pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages.


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