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When a driver becomes startled

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2018 | blog

Auto accidents have many causes, a number of which have been covered on this blog. However, it is essential to keep in mind that completely unexpected problems can arise for experienced and responsible drivers. For example, someone may do their best to abide by traffic safety laws, obey signs, stay within the speed limit and so on. However, they could cause an accident when they become startled for one reason or another. It is important to be aware of these potential challenges and make sure that you continue to drive safe and remain calm in the event that you come across something that is startling.

There are all sorts of reasons why a driver may become startled behind the wheel. For example, a wild animal such as a bear or deer may run onto the road. On a smaller scale, insects such as spiders and bees can also cause drivers to become startled. Fireworks, the erratic behavior of other drivers and even severe weather are some of the other reasons why drivers may become startled while they are on the road.

Unfortunately, becoming startled while driving can be incredibly dangerous and has caused many motor vehicle collisions. If you were hit by a driver who suddenly veered into your lane or drove erratically in some other manner, they may have been startled. A driver who is frightened or surprised may lose control of their vehicle due to being distracted and their driving abilities may be adversely affected by the physical reactions they experience due to a particular stressor.