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Florida Rubberneckers Cause Car Collisions


When Florida drivers rubberneck, collisions can result. Drivers turning their heads to stare at accidents are taking their focus off the roads. Rubbernecking is a word used to describe this behavior, and when drivers look at an accident, they may not see a vehicle slowing in front of them. The result is another collision.

Individuals Can Focus When Screens Are Utilized

Of course, the best course of action if you notice yourself rubbernecking is to stop immediately and direct your attention back to safe driving. But the truth is some people do not realize they are rubbernecking because they are so interested in what is happening on the side of the road.

Because so many have difficulties resisting the urge to rubberneck, law enforcement has come up with solutions. One of these are screens, barriers that officials can set up that prevent gawking. These large panels block the accident scene from drivers passing by, this allows emergency workers to do their jobs without more collisions occurring.

Rubberneckers are an accident risk and can cause traffic jams. Keeping accidents out of driver sight lines is also helpful to emergency crew drivers who need roadways open for ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars.

Rear-End Crashes Happen When Drivers Are Distracted

Humans are curious, so it makes sense that individuals are interested in accidents on the side of the road or on a roadway. The problem is when drivers are distracted they do not recognize dangers around them, such as a car in front of them that may be slowing down and rubbernecking as well.

Accident risks when rubbernecking.

  • Driving into the car in front, creating a rear-end collision.
  • Swerving into another lane to avoid an unexpected change and crashing into oncoming cars.
  • Prompting a multi-car accident through a rear-end crash or not noticing traffic signs.

When an accident results in high medical expenses and extensive property damage, you need a legal professional advocating for you. To secure the maximum settlement possible, talk to a Florida personal injury lawyer about best practices.

Car accidents happen in seconds. Even taking your eyes off the road for a moment can lead to physical injuries and economic pain. To keep yourself and your family safe, avoid the urge to stare at accidents. And if you see another driver who is distracted, give their vehicle plenty of space and move away from them when possible.

Was your car struck by a rubbernecking driver? Talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to strengthen your case. When another is negligent, you are not responsible for all of the fees connected to an accident. With over 100 years of combined experience, the personal injury lawyer at Roman & Roman to understand your rights. Schedule your free consultation today; we serve clients in Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa areas as well as throughout the State of Florida.

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