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Boredom is a big risk on the highway

Many people think aggressive drivers who are very engaged with the experience are the ones who pose the greatest risk. They tend to speed, pass when there's just barely enough room and do other things of this nature.

Of course, aggressive drivers can cause accidents and they do every day. However, one study found that one of the biggest risk factors was just the opposite: boredom. Drivers who were bored behind the wheel caused 1.5 more crashes than others.

Why did this happen? Essentially, these drivers hated being bored and took steps to feel more involved and excited about the trip. Often, this meant they started speeding. In other cases, it meant they began daydreaming, thinking about things that interested them when the drive itself did not.

On top of that, those who reported they were bored were more likely to also feel like they were rushed or in a hurry. They wanted the drive to be over and would then speed in order to get to their destination. Drivers who felt engaged by driving and enjoyed the act itself may not have felt this same urgency to get where they were going.

Researchers also noted that these drivers would not shy away from "accident-prone behaviors." This could include things like turning on music, talking on the phone or texting, though the report did not specify what they were.

Car accidents happen for many reasons, in many different ways. Even simple things like boredom can cause the risks to soar. If you're involved in an accident with a bored, distracted driver, you need to know what rights you may have to compensation.

Source: Time, "Bored Drivers Most Likely to Have Accidents," Alice Park, accessed March 14, 2017

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.