Auto Accidents: The Dangers of Rubbernecking
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jul 27, 2015 in Auto Accidents
You or someone you know has probably done it-- been a little bit too curious for your own good. Rubbernecking is a term used to describe motorists who drive slowly by the scene of an accident and turn their heads in order to see what is going on at the scene. Before you slow down at the next accident scene to take in all the drama, you may want to consider the consequences.
Harbin & Burnett LLP have been routinely surveying new car accident statistics, especially those that concern texting while driving. We work hard to get our clients justice after they are injured by negligent drivers.
Sometimes, our curiosity can actually be dangerous to our safety and the safety of others on the road. Although this description can apply to a wide variety of situations, it's especially applicable to rubbernecking.
Distracted drivers have a greater than average chance of causing an accident or causing traffic jams due to inconsistent driving patterns. Such accidents can cause severe injuries to motorists.
In addition, individuals who rubberneck can accidentally swerve into other lanes of traffic, endangering other motorists or emergency responders who are at the accident scene.
Distracted drivers may miss traffic signals or the directions from officers directing traffic at the accident scene. This can result in fines or traffic tickets. In some cases, individuals have been sued or held legally liable for the injuries or damage that was caused due to negligence.
Perhaps you or someone that you know was injured by a distracted driver. Perhaps you were obeying all the traffic laws and due to the negligence of someone else, you experienced an injury or had your property damaged. Our competent accident attorneys will fight for your rights, just contact our firm today to schedule a free case consultation.