Auto Accidents: The Dangers of Rubbernecking
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 20, 2015 in Auto Accidents
We have all been guilty of it. Straining our necks to see what is going on up ahead and trying to find out why traffic is at a standstill. The problem is sometimes our curiosity, also known as rubbernecking, can lead to disastrous results.
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While rubbernecking is a natural tendency, it is dangerous because it takes a driver's attention from the road, which may result in another accident with severe injuries.
The next time youre passing an auto accident scene and feel the need to gawk, think about this:
- Rubbernecking increases the chance of rear-ending another car.
- Distracted drivers often swerve into another lane or even oncoming traffic.
- Looking at an accident scene instead of directly in front may cause a driver to miss traffic directions from police or other emergency personnel.
- Rubbernecking causes traffic to back up as curious people slow down to see what is going on.
Officials say rubbernecking is also a main cause of traffic pile-ups. If a rubbernecking driver causes another accident, that person is liable for any injuries or damage that occurs.
Also, a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University indicated that the act of rubbernecking was the main cause of accidents that involved distracted driving, and that statistic has not shifted much in the last decade.
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