First off, what is rubbernecking? Rubbernecking occurs when drivers stare at accidents as they pass. While it is tempting to see what is going on, rubbernecking can be very dangerous and lead to serious accidents. If you are the victim of an accident caused by a rubbernecker, file a claim. You may be able to hold that driver liable and receive compensation. Continue reading this blog to learn more about the dangers of rubbernecking and how to go about filing a claim.
Why Rubbernecking is Dangerous
It is never a good idea to give into distractions while driving. It puts you and the other drivers around you in harms way and significantly increases your risk of getting into an accident. Rubbernecking is considered a negligent act, which means motorists who engage in rubbernecking are held liable if they get into an accident.
The following is a list of the dangers of rubbernecking:
- Slower speeds – Distractions cause us to go at slower speeds, even if we don’t realize it. Needless braking increase the risk of rear-end accidents.
- Serious accidents – Rubbernecking is the cause of accidents every day. Simply focusing on the road can avoid tragedy.
- Loss of control – Loss of control of your vehicle can lead to serious injury or even death.
By engaging in rubbernecking, a driver is breaching his or her duty of care to provide a reasonably safe environment for other drivers. This breach subjects the rubbernecker to liability, which often means they pay compensation to the other victims in the instance of an accident.
Why Its Important to Pay Full Attention While Driving
Distracted driving is extremely risky. Since cell phones have become ubiquitous, dozens of studies have shown that they continue to cause avoidable accidents. Like cell phone use, rubbernecking takes your eyes off the road ahead, in favor of something potentially much more interesting. Unfortunately, rubbernecking is often caused by a common distraction. When many drivers react to the same distraction, accident rates skyrocket.
The NHTSA found that in 2010 alone, distracted driving caused 3,267 fatalities, 735,000 nonfatal injuries and damaged 3.3 million vehicles.. According to AAA the risk of distractions on the road persists for about half a minute after the distraction took place.
Distractions including rubbernecking disproportionately affect young drivers, who, in-turn, account for a large percentage of automobile accidents.
Rubbernecking and other distracted driving can not only endanger you and other drivers, but road-workers, police and emergency medical services responding to an incident.
Preventing Rubbernecking Accidents
There are a few ways to help prevent rubbernecking accidents. First, always keep your eyes on the road ahead of you. Do your best to avoid being distracted by crashes, and take extra caution by slowly increasing following distance when coming up on a distracting scene.
Thankfully, some are trying to solve this problem once and for all. A few companies now produce accident screens to curtail this issue. While not usable in all situations, these screens are shown to heavily reduce subsequent accidents, and provide a safer environment for first responders, accident victims, and passersby.
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