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Does optimism bias make the roads dangerous?

People often suffer from what experts call optimism bias. This does not necessarily mean that they are optimistic people by nature. They could struggle with clinical depression and other such issues and still have optimism bias play a large role in their lives.

Essentially, this bias just means that people inherently believe that they'll probably succeed or avoid a bad outcome. It can lead to risk-taking behavior. You've probably heard it expressed like this: "It won't happen to me."

Granted, not everyone even states this out loud. They just have to live like it. When they do, they may actually put other people in danger.

For instance, most people know that texting while driving is very dangerous. They have probably been told that it causes thousands of deaths every year. Maybe they've seen the news stories from around New Jersey.

Even so, when they take out their phone to read a text message, they're succumbing to optimism bias. They know that the statistics say that they're much more likely to crash if they're on the phone. But they think -- even subconsciously -- that they won't crash. That's an issue other people deal with. Someone will crash in a distracted driving accident that day, but they think it will not be them.

That's what everyone thinks. Until it is.

Have you been hit by a distracted driver or someone who took needless risks because they thought they could avoid a crash? If so, you need to know what rights you have to compensation based on their reckless behavior behind the wheel and your injuries.

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