Car Accidents Caused by Rubbernecking
Year after year, statistics show that car accidents continue to be a leading cause of death, injury, and financial losses in America. With the risk that car accidents pose, it would be reasonable to expect drivers to take their role on the road seriously. Unfortunately, many drivers continue to be negligent on the road, and practice distracted driving habits that increase the risk of a car accident even further.
Rubbernecking car accidents have left many people in the Melbourne, FL area with physical, emotional, and financial damages. When a person is injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s reckless or negligent behavior, they have a right to seek compensation for damages.
The experienced attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. provide legal representation to victims of rubbernecking car accidents, and will fight to obtain compensation for victims in these cases.
Dangers of Rubbernecking
The road is filled with potential distractions, but it is a driver’s responsibility to keep their focus on getting the vehicle safely to its destination. Unfortunately, many people allow their attention be pulled away from the road by other circumstances or scenery.
When a driver turns his or her head away from the road to look at another event, people generally call it rubbernecking. Rubbernecking is most common around car accidents. Drivers are curious to see how many vehicles were involved in the accident, how bad the damages were, and if there were any injuries.
In many cases, drivers turn their head toward an accident, and they often slow down their vehicle as well. Rubbernecking can slow down traffic or bring it to a standstill. Although this is a nuisance, it is hardly the biggest problem with rubbernecking.
The most obvious concern with rubbernecking is that it can lead to additional car accidents. Rubbernecking is a form of distracted driving, and data shows that distracted driving contributes to nearly 20 percent of all crash-related deaths.
Rubbernecking is so dangerous because it takes the driver’s eyes off the road, and taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds (which is much less time than most people stare at a car accident) has been shown to double the risk of a car accident.
Compensation for Damages
Those who have been injured in a car accident caused by the rubbernecking of another driver may be due financial compensation for damages related to the accident. In the event of a car accident, it is best to work with experienced attorneys, such as those at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A, who will fight hard to obtain maximum compensation for our clients.
Typical avenues of financial compensation in a car accident case include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys will examine the details of each case to ensure our client’s legal rights are protected.
If you have been injured in a car accident and have questions about your legal rights, contact us at your earliest convenience. The attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. have collected substantial financial compensation for our clients, and we are ready to do the same for you.