What is Rubbernecking?
Rubbernecking is the act of staring at something outside of your car. It is considered a form of distracted driving. Car accidents are something that often attracts the attention of other drivers. However, drivers who look at other accidents may find themselves being involved in one themselves.
It does not take long for you to be involved in an accident if you are rubbernecking. In fact, all it takes is two seconds for an accident to happen if you take your eyes off of the road. You can hit someone or run them off of the road during this time.
There are a number of other ways that distracted driving can lead to an accident. People who rubberneck often drive at slower speeds. This can increase the risk of a rear-end accident. While you are not paying attention to the road, you also more likely to lose control of your vehicle.
If a person causes an accident while rubbernecking, they can be legally held responsible for any injuries that they cause. It is considered a form of negligence. In order for an act to be considered negligent, one must show that they would not have been harmed if the other driver had exercised the necessary precautions.
Common Rubbernecking Accident Injuries
Rubbernecking accidents, can lead to catastrophic accidents. Traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations and back injuries are common in people who have been involved in a rubbernecking accident. Many people are permanently-disabled as the result of an accident.
Contact a Provo Personal Injury Attorney
You need the help of a Provo car accident attorney if you have been hurt in an accident. Attorneys understand that car accidents in Utah can be devastating. That is why our attorneys advocate for car accident victims. Our lawyers strive to help people get the maximum compensation possible for their injuries. The person who caused the accident will also be held responsible.
Posted September 10th, 2018