Does “zoning out” increase risk of motor vehicle accidents?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

“Zoning out” behind the wheel of a car is a type of distracted driving that leads to Mississippi motor vehicle accidents. Zoning out is said to occur when a driver is experiencing cognitive overload. Some highway safety experts attribute driver zoning out to their extensive use of devices with screens, from mobile homes to computers. The mental strain of excessive screen time sometimes leaves drivers in a distracted or zoned out condition when they get behind the wheel of their cars.

Research study on screen time and driving

A study commissioned by Root Insurance focused on the state of drivers following spending a more extended period of time in front of a screen. Specifically, the study considered whether drivers had difficulty concentrating following a videoconference 1,819 adult drivers were surveyed. The study revealed that 54% of drivers indicated that they had trouble concentrating after participating in video conferences.

Younger drivers appear more prone to zoning out in this manner. 65% of Gen Z, 61% of Millennials and 48% of Gen Xers reported distracted driving associated with zoning out.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving more generally is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents in Mississippi and across the United States. At least 10% of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents are attributed to distracted drivers.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, or if you have lost a family member in that type of wreck, an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer can assist you in understanding your rights and interests. Consulting one should be a priority, as they can often help you navigate the path ahead.