We have all heard that stress can be detrimental to our health and increase
our risk of developing various medical conditions and disorders. But did
you know that stress can also increase your risk of a
car accident? Stressed driving is one of the most
common forms of distracted driving and can cause you to lose focus while behind the wheel, limiting your
situational awareness and increasing your likelihood of being involved
in a collision.
Whether you are stressed out from something positive such as planning an
upcoming wedding you are distracted from negative worries such as money
troubles, these thoughts can cause your mind to wander away from the task
of driving and miss certain hazards on the roadways – putting yourself
and others at risk of injury. Fortunately, there are many strategies you
can use to prevent a distracted driving accident due to stress.
While we cannot always avoid driving during stressful times, the following
precautions can help you minimize your chances of causing a distracted
Leave early: Going somewhere and punctuality is key? Leave early to avoid stress from
traffic or other unexpected delays.
Pull over: Feeling stressed? Pull to the side of the road and take steady, deep
breaths to calm down. If this does not work, try taking a short walk or
singing along to a song on the radio to relieve some tension.
Do not drive while excited: Try to avoid driving after experiencing some sort of overly exciting,
traumatic, or surprising event. Whether it be good or bad, any sort of
unexpected turn of events will likely be a distraction and make it difficult
to concentrate on the road.
Obey the speed limit: Negative stressors in particular can increase a person’s tendency
to drive at an unsafe speed. Be aware of this and make a conscious effort
to obey the speed limit.
Avoid road rage: Driving has become increasingly personalized, with many drivers feeling
as if other driver’s actions are directed at them personally. While
other driver’s errors may be frustrating and shocking at times,
take it in stride and avoid reacting in a manner that will provoke the
driver further. It is not worth getting into a collision or personal altercation.
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While these tips can greatly reduce your chances of causing a collision,
nobody can ever foresee another driver’s actions. If you have been
injured in a collision you believe to be caused by a distracted driver,
get in touch with the Chicago car accident attorneys at Boudreau & Nisivaco LLC
today to pursue the compensation you deserve. With more than 50+ years
of combined legal experience and a track record of more than $100 million
recovered for our clients, you can choose us with confidence knowing that
your case is sure to be in excellent hands.
Fill out an online form today to get started towards filing a claim.