Many different risk factors can lead to a motor vehicle collision, such as ice covering the roads and narrow, curvy roads. However, some motor vehicle wrecks are the result of a driver becoming disoriented. There are a myriad of reasons why drivers may become disoriented, but feeling confused as a result of disorientation can significantly increase the likelihood of a crash in multiple ways. As a result, drivers who feel this way should immediately take the necessary steps to safely address their situation and avoid putting any lives at risk.
Drivers can become disoriented because of delirium, or temporary abnormal brain functioning. Or, a driver may be delirious because they are struggling with a long-term problem that affects their mind, such as dementia. Other factors, such as an infection that affects the brain or a reaction to a certain medication, can also cause a driver to become confused.
There are a number of reasons why disoriented driving is dangerous. For example, a driver who is in this state of mind may veer into another lane or off the road altogether. Or, they may have difficulty reacting to another vehicle on the road or paying attention to signs, such as driving past a stop sign without slowing down. Moreover, drivers and those involved in a crash may become disoriented after the collision, which could be a sign that they sustained a concussion.
Auto accidents have many causes and consequences, which highlights how vital prevention is. Our crash section goes into more detail on motor vehicle wrecks.