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A Vancouver Pedestrian Crash Attorney Examines the Dangers of Daydreaming While Driving

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Our Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyers are constantly scouring the news and relevant journals to help our clients understand how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Many people thoughtlessly engage in dangerous activities. Likewise, they overestimate certain risks.

Almost everyone knows that driving while texting is a dumb thing to do.

However, you may not know that driving while daydreaming is also incredibly dangerous—perhaps even more so than driving while texting or even driving under the influence of alcohol.

A new study conducted by the Erie Insurance Group looked at 65,000 fatal North American car accidents that took place in 2011-2012. Researchers discovered that one out of every ten deaths involved distracted driving. This was nearly 5 times the percent killed by texting drivers.

Is daydreaming really worse than texting?

Garish, counterintuitive headlines can cause great confusion.

In this case, a quick look at the study might suggest that daydreaming behind the wheel is worse than texting. This intuitively sounds wrong, and it probably is! After all, more drivers daydream than text.

Likewise, there are more right-handed drivers than there are left-handed drivers. Right-handed drivers cause more fatal accidents, just because there are more of them. However, this does not mean that being a righty makes you a more dangerous driver!

According to the study (and others like it), some kinds of distracted driving are worse than others. About 62% of the crashes documented by Erie involved drivers who were “lost in thought.” An additional 12% involved mobile phone use, 7% involved rubbernecking, 5% involved occupants in the vehicle causing distractions, 2% involved eating or drinking, and 1% involved pets.

As someone who was injured, you want to know:

  • Was the driver who hit me distracted?
  • If so, by what?
  • How can my Vancouver injury lawyer prove that the driver was distracted and help me collect compensation and ensure justice?


To get answers to those questions, get in touch with a Vancouver pedestrian accident attorney at McComb Witten today at 604-255-9018. We also invite you to educate yourself by downloading our free report entitled Pedestrian Safety Manual – Don’t Cross the Street Until You’ve Read This Report!