What is inattentional blindness?

Driving always demands your full attention. This is what makes different forms of distracted driving so dangerous. Some forms of distracted driving get more media attention, like texting while driving. Other forms are lesser known. 

Inattentional blindness often falls into that category. Despite how little people discuss it, it is a common problem that can put many drivers at risk. 

How does inattentional blindness happen?

The American Psychological Association focuses on inattentional blindness and its impact. Inattentional blindness refers to a specific phenomenon in which the driver focuses too hard on one specific thing. In doing so, they “blind” themselves to everything else. 

A popular example involves a new driver focusing on traffic signs. They are so busy paying exclusive attention to a red light that they do not notice a car stop suddenly in front of them. They end up rear-ending the vehicle. New drivers tend to suffer from inattentional blindness-related incidents. Experts speculate it may be because they do not have as much experience with dividing their attention on the road. 

Who does it affect?

However, inattentional blindness can affect anyone at any age or driving experience. Drivers may fall prey more often if they are already distracted by other things or have not gotten enough sleep. For example, people sometimes run red lights or stop signs because they were busy focusing on something else. This single lapse in attention is often all it takes to create a dangerous or even deadly situation. 

If you got involved in an accident due to inattentional blindness, consider contacting a legal professional. They can help guide you through the potentially complex aftermath of such a crash.