No matter what specific distraction a driver is dealing with -- eating, drinking, talking on the phone, etc -- odds are that it falls into one of three main categories. As we'll see, some of them fall into multiple categories at the same time.
Many people deal with shock, stress and even PTSD -- post-traumatic stress disorder -- in the wake of a car accident. Few things that you get involved in will be as harrowing as a car accident. While people in some professions may face greater challenges -- soldiers who see combat, for instance -- a car accident is the height of stress for the average American, especially when it results in serious injuries or even death.
Simply put, driving a car is a risk. Even though you probably feel safe 99% of the time, the reality is that car accidents take tens of thousands of lives annually. You cannot deny that it's a high-risk activity. It may even be the most dangerous thing you do on a consistent basis.
A teenager in Georgia is heading to jail after getting into a car accident that killed the passenger in her Mini Cooper.
Being involved in a car accident can be extremely stressful, especially when another driver was at fault for causing it. You may be going through a range of emotions, from feeling relieved that the situation was not worse than it was, to feeling anger toward the negligent or reckless actions of the other driver.
One of the most devastating injuries suffered by those in auto accidents is a closed-head injury. Approximately 200 instances of these injuries annually occur for every 100,000 individuals here in the United States.