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Is Rubbernecking a Negligent Act?

Categorized as Auto Accidents

What is Rubbernecking?

While there are many ways people get distracted while they are driving, such as texting or talking on the phone, many people do not realize that rubbernecking is also a form of distracted driving, which can also be considered negligent behavior on the road.

Rubbernecking, as defined by dictionary.com, means to “gawk at.” When drivers are

“gawking” at something else, their eyes aren’t on the road. Read on to learn more about the dangers of rubbernecking and how it can cause a severe accident.

How Rubbernecking Happens

By nature, people are curious, so when we see an accident on the road, curiosity sets in and we slow down to look. While this may seem to be an innocent act, it can cause a severe accident. Another common problem with rubbernecking is people often take pictures of incidents on the road to share on social media. Taking your eyes off the road, even for a second, can cause you or someone else to be seriously hurt in a crash.

Can People Stop Rubbernecking?

Although it may be challenging to stop everyone from rubbernecking, there are some tactics to help you avoid watching roadside “attractions.” The best way to approach rubbernecking habits is to be mindful of keeping your eyes on the road at all times while driving. Using your defensive driving skills can also help you stay aware of your surroundings as you approach a crash site. When passing an accident on the road, be sure to reduce your speed and use turn signals when necessary, especially when you may need to change lanes or maneuver away from distracted drivers.

Hurt in a Car Crash? Contact Us Today

When bad driving behaviors like rubbernecking cause a car accident, it can be a scary situation — and when a severe injury is a result, it can make it that much more frightening. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is here to help. When insurance companies offer low settlements, we fight back. Having attorneys on your side that aren’t afraid to go head-to-head with large insurance companies can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Our experienced attorneys are ready to answer all your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Call Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at 816-888-8888 to speak with an attorney about your potential case. We are offering consultations via phone, email, and video conferencing for your convenience.