Distracted driving, where motorists divert their attention from the driving task, remains a problem in the Bay State and across the country. In fact, more than 26,000 individuals died on U.S. roadways due to distracted driving between 2012 and 2019.
To help pass the time on long commutes, drivers in Massachusetts often listen to the radio, podcasts or a streaming service. Unfortunately, though, just as texting while driving is dangerous, auditory distractions may also put your life in danger.
Listening too intently
There are some compelling true-crime podcasts available for download. When listening to these or other podcasts, it is not uncommon to become lost in the story. If drivers listen too intently, they may not pay enough attention to the road. Consequently, if podcasts are overly engrossing, motorists should probably listen to them at home.
Turning the volume too high
When behind the wheel, you must listen for approaching emergency vehicles, screeching brakes and even the sound of your own car. If drivers turn radio volume too high, they may not realize they are entering a potentially dangerous situation. They also may not know when they need to pull over to address mechanical problems.
Opting for up-tempo music
A recent study found that listening to music with more than 120 beats per minute may cause motorists to engage in risky driving behaviors. Specifically, when jamming to up-tempo tunes, drivers may change lanes unpredictably, speed and tailgate. Listening to fast music may also cause a driver’s heart rate to skyrocket.
If a driver’s musical selection contributes to a motor vehicle accident involving you, you may suffer life-altering injuries. Fortunately, you may be eligible for financial compensation to increase your odds of recovering completely.