How tunes and tempo turn into reckless driving

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2021 | Car Accidents

Many reckless drivers speed, pass aggressively and break other traffic laws because they’re in a hurry. They want to get to their destination sooner and they’re willing to put everyone else at risk to do it.

There’s another set of reckless drivers, however, who are oblivious to the danger they pose because they aren’t doing anything deliberately wrong: They’re just listening to a type of music that makes them worse drivers than they would be otherwise. 

Music with a tempo that exceeds 120 beats per minute poses a danger

Studies have examined this, so it’s not just anecdotal evidence, and it’s clear that fast music makes drivers break speed limits and drive more erratically, potentially increasing the chances for serious errors and mistakes. 

There’s a specific level at which music becomes dangerous, and it is 120 beats per minute (BPM). Experts do not say that drivers should keep the music off entirely (although that argument could be made) but just that they should not pick songs that are faster than 120 beats per minute. This means something like classical music could be fine, whereas rock music or the top pop hits may be too fast to be safe while driving.

Have you been injured by a reckless driver?

Most drivers do not realize how music affects them and will not turn it off when they drive. If one of them hits you and you get injured, be sure you know what legal options you have. You may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages and other such costs. An attorney can help you learn more about your options.