We are always talking about things that are distracting to drivers. Things like our cell phones, the radio, or even eating. But all of that is inside the car. We don’t often think about things outside of the car being distracting because, after all, that is what we are trained to look for, right? Auto accidents happen for a lot of reasons but it is important to make sure that you are always giving your full attention to the road.
People walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street always gives drivers a little anxiety. We, as drivers, have no idea what they are planning. Are they going to cross the street in front of us or wait their turn? Are they even going to look for oncoming cars or are they just going to dart into traffic (it happens!)? Lots of states have it written into law that pedestrians get the right of way but not all pedestrians know that they still have to follow the rules of the road.
Humans are a curious people. When we are approaching an accident, we can’t help but want to know what happened. The term “turkey necking” has become a common phrase when it comes to the traffic around an accident. Some people get so caught up in these accidents that they end up causing a secondary accident. Same thing goes for a simple traffic stop by a police officer. Drivers can become so consumed in the goings on around flashing lights that they forget that they are operating a vehicle.
In our next blog we will talk about some other outside distractions that cause car accidents. If you have been hurt in an auto accident and need help, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.