Highway Hypnosis in Louisiana

Anyone who lives in northeastern Louisiana has probably experienced getting bored with driving on long, never-ending roads. Have you ever realized you have traveled quite a distance without being consciously aware? This phenomenon is called highway hypnosis and affects many people on the road, especially truck drivers who drive long distances for a living. A similar phenomenon could happen when a friend asks you what the password to your phone is. You may have to physically type in the password so you can correctly remember it. The process of typing in your password every time you get onto your phone is a routine task that relies on muscle memory, just like driving to work or the grocery store.

Highway hypnosis can be very dangerous for drivers because they often can’t respond and correct quick enough  to a sudden change in landscape, such as a deer crossing the road or the car in front of you slamming on their brakes. It is important to know what to do after you’ve been in a car accident and how your attorney will present your case to the court. It is also important to know how to avoid it while you’re driving on the roads of Monroe, Louisiana.

The Difference Between Highway Hypnosis & Fatigued Driving

If you have had highway hypnosis, it doesn’t necessarily have to be caused by exhaustion. It often happens when you are driving and your body turns on “autopilot.” When this happens, you technically aren’t aware of your surroundings because you’re so acclimated to driving the same commute every day, for example, that your brain’s “muscle memory” deems them unimportant.

Fatigued driving, on the other hand, occurs when a driver has become so tired that they are not aware of their surroundings. This is especially dangerous because if you fall asleep at the wheel because you could run into another vehicle and put them in danger as well. Fatigued driving is so dangerous that several studies have found that it’s more dangerous than driving with a blood alcohol content level of .05%.

How Can You Avoid Highway Hypnosis?

There are strategies drivers can use so they don’t fall into highway hypnosis. If you notice that you are driving several miles without being consciously aware of it, follow these suggestions so you can stay safe on the road.

  • Drive during the day. Because you will be able to see more things around you, it’ll not only make you more aware of your surroundings, but it keeps you from getting “tunnel vision” because of the limited area that your headlights show directly in front of you.
  • Don’t drive too much in one day and break your road trip up by pulling over every few hours and stopping at the end of the day to get rest.
  • Talk to people in your car. This will keep you alert and focused on the road as you travel.
  • Constantly check your surroundings such as your rear-view mirrors and road signs. Again, this keeps you alert and ready if something were to go wrong on the road.

Follow these tips for avoiding highway hypnosis on the roads of Louisiana. If you have already been involved in an accident and you believe that highway hypnosis is to blame, don't be so quick to use it to defend yourself should your case go to court.

Highway Hypnosis as a Defense in Louisiana Courts

Despite the fact that’s been proven to exist, highway hypnosis is not a great defense strategy for car accident attorneys to use when defending clients. If you have been accused of causing an accident, the opposing side may accuse you of driving distracted or not being careful enough on the road. If you believe you were in a wreck because you had a recurrence of highway hypnosis, you should call an attorney that has experience working with personal injury and car accident cases across Monroe, Louisiana. Just because we cannot use it as a defense, doesn’t mean you don’t have a case. My strategic and thorough approach to how I work my cases will give you a greater chance at the result you are looking for. 

If you were the one that was injured in a semi-truck accident and you think the truck driver is at fault, contact me immediately. I will strive to seek justice for your injury in hopes of getting you compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, time away from work, and more. Schedule a free consultation with me today so I can begin working on your case.

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