We have been over different factors that can lead to a crash, such as a driver’s decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. That said, there are many more factors that can play a role in motor vehicle accidents that are not given as much attention. For example, many people may not be aware that nicotine and nicotine delivery methods, from smokeless tobacco to cigarettes and vaping, could make an accident more likely in certain instances.
Someone using smokeless tobacco may become distracted when they are looking for a place to spit, while a smoker may find themselves in an accident because they took their eyes off the road to light a cigarette or find their lighter. Vaping can also bring up similar distractions. Moreover, nicotine itself may need to be examined with regard to accident risk. For example, someone who has never used nicotine before may become dizzy or have their driving abilities impacted by the stimulant. Moreover, some people who are overly tired depend on nicotine to stay awake, like coffee. Unfortunately, this does not fully counter the effects of fatigue and drivers who do this may find themselves in an accident.
There are many ways drivers can reduce the likelihood of a crash, which is especially important given the potentially serious consequences of an accident. Even when lives are not lost, the physical injuries can disrupt victims’ lives in many ways. Our accidents section offers all sorts of information on the topic of motor vehicle collisions.