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Although regulations are in force for penalizing those who use cell phones while driving cars in California, governmental agencies do not seem to recognize statistics about daydreamers who cause accidents. A national database dedicated to studying statistics related to car crashes discovered that an astounding 61 percent of distracted driving car crashes relate to daydreaming. Meditation and deep thinking are not activities worth pondering while driving a car. People who think about other things while driving could be a major threat to others on the road.

Those who are too relaxed may not focus on the task of driving. Instead, they could ruminate about bank statements, tax return filing, grocery lists and work schedules. Research shows that daydreamers cause more accidents than those who persist in using their cell phones while driving. Drivers should make sure that they are responsible as soon as they turn on their ignition switches. Long trips demand even more attention, especially during bad weather conditions.

Whether the remedy for paying attention to driving involves drinking coffee or turning off the radio, a driver needs to think about ways to combat the temptation to let the mind drift. Even the new world destined to include self-driving cars poses a serious problem. A driver who relies on an automatic pilot might believe that there is no need to get involved in the act of driving. However, most current autonomous features still require the driver to be active.

People who suffer serious injuries caused by car accidents may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. A driver who causes a car crash while daydreaming is a negligent driver who may be held liable for damages.

By Maho | Prentice, LLP Attorneys at Law on April 27, 2018