With enough practice, driving a car becomes second nature. But that does not mean it does not require close concentration. Anything can happen on the road, and the sooner you notice it, the sooner you can take action to avoid a serious collision.
Have you ever been on the highway and realized that you don’t remember the last few miles? It turns out that phenomenon has a name: zombie driving. This means the motorist is performing the functions of driving while their mind is elsewhere. It might not sound like a big deal, but zombie driving can cause serious car accidents.
More than a quarter of drivers say they go ‘zombie’ regularly
According to a survey, 27 percent of drivers admitted they sometimes zone out behind the wheel. The average number of these “zombie” incidents was four times per week. Common reasons for zombie driving include lack of sleep and the driver having a lot on their mind.
Not distracted driving, but just as risky
This passive drifting of attention is different than distracted driving, which involves the driver actively putting their attention on their phone or something else. But it can have a similar effect. Losing focus on the road for even a few seconds can mean a driver does not notice, for example, that the vehicle in front of them has hit the brakes or that they have drifted into oncoming traffic. Even a brief lapse in attention can end in tragedy.
In Maryland, a driver does not have to intentionally cause injuries in an auto wreck to be held financially responsible for the harm they caused. Negligent behavior on the road is unacceptable. Victims have the right to seek restitution in court.