While the issues of texting and driving (and general cellphone use when driving) has been a hot-button issue recently when it comes to car accidents, a new study conducted by the Erie Insurance Group has found that driving and daydreaming may, in fact, be far more dangerous than texting and driving. According to the study’s researchers, more than 60 percent of all distracted driving related car accidents in the U.S. between 2011 and 2012 were caused by drivers who were daydreaming or otherwise lost in their own thoughts. The results of the study also showed that only about 12 percent of all distracted driving car accidents in the U.S. during this same period were caused by cellphone use when driving.
While the findings of this study are compelling and may shed light on new areas of research for those looking to reduce car accident injuries and deaths in the U.S., it is unclear how researchers exactly arrived at their findings (namely, why they chose to only focus on 65,000 car accidents in total and how these specific accidents were chosen from among the hundreds of thousands that occur each year in the U.S.).
Additionally, it’s also important to note that, while daydreaming may cause more car accidents then cellphone use when it comes to distracted driving car accidents, it is far easier for car accident victims to prove cellphone use in a car accident lawsuit. Specifically, while cellphone records can be used to prove that drivers were, in fact, using their cellphones when driving when an accident occurred, there is no physical proof to point out that someone was lost in thought while driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you are encouraged to consult with the car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Our trusted Denver personal injury attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.