Now researchers have pinpointed another factor that’s contributing to car accidents nationwide: Extreme emotion.
According to car accident researchers, drivers are 10 times more likely to be involved in a crash when they are noticeably angry, sad or agitated.
“If you’re upset, you’re going to speed up (and) make some bad decisions,” one driver in Texas told news reporters in response to the new study, which was produced by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
The study also confirmed that driving distractions — like applying makeup while you’re behind the wheel — and extreme speed are two factors that unilaterally put a driver in Little Rock or anywhere nationwide at increased of experiencing an auto accident.
On the other hand, not all distractions are bad. These auto accident experts determined that interacting with a child who’s in a car seat actually causes those drivers to be more cautious and less likely to experience a car accident.
Whether it’s anger, worry or heartbreak, if you’re feeling highly emotional and still need to drive somewhere, here are three things you can do to calm down beforehand in order to avoid a car accident:
- Practice deep, slow, meditational breathing.
- Go for a walk.
- Call a confidant to vent your feelings.
If you are involved in a car accident in or around Little Rock, Arkansas, protect your rights by contacting one of the experienced auto accident attorneys at the Law Office of Alan LeVar today: (888) 220-7068.