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Elevated Stress Levels Could Increase Your Risk of a Car Accident

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 driving collision:

  1. Leave early: Going somewhere and punctuality is key? Leave early to avoid stress from traffic or other unexpected delays.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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