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Highway Hypnosis: What Is It and Why Is It Dangerous?

Highway Hypnosis: What Is It and Why Is It Dangerous?

Atlanta Injury Blog > 2021 > April > Highway Hypnosis: What Is It and Why Is It Dangerous?

We recognize distracted driving as one of the most negligent actions on the road. Cognitive distractions occur whenever a driver removes his or her focus from the road. One of the ways this happens is through a situation called highway hypnosis.

If you’ve never heard about this issue, you should know what happens, how it occurs, and why it’s very dangerous should it occur. If you are in a crash with someone who experienced highway hypnosis, you have the right to hold them accountable for their actions.

What It Is

Highway hypnosis is an altered mental state that occurs when someone is driving. They respond to what’s happening, turn when they need to, and react accordingly. However, when the altered state ends, they have no recollection of their actions. It’s often during highway hypnosis that some of the biggest problems can occur.

Why It Happens

Three of the biggest reasons for highway hypnosis include:

  • The monotony of driving the same roads
  • Inattention and focus on other items, including stress
  • Lack of sleep and fatigue

As common as highway hypnosis is, it’s discouraging to know that it often results from someone’s negligence. Driving is a responsibility that everyone should take seriously. Unfortunately, not all drivers think about this and they drive without their full attention on driving, creating numerous issues.

Why It’s Dangerous

Highway hypnosis often leads to complete inattention on the road. While most drivers make a conscious effort even in this mental state, it can lead to severe issues that normally can be prevented. You may hold a driver who experiences highway hypnosis accountable for the damages you may sustain.

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys at The Kalka Law Group are here for you. We’re ready to pursue the compensation you need moving forward. Trust that we put your best interests first and work hard to obtain justice on your behalf.

Call our firm today at (404) 907-1594.

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