Rubbernecking is more dangerous than you think

On Behalf of | May 31, 2021 | Personal Injury | 0 comments

Distracted driving in Oregon causes numerous injuries and deaths every year. Because most of us spend time in cars, everyone should learn about safe driving. Though driving can feel like a mundane activity, car accidents are still a leading cause of death in the United States for people between the ages of 1 and 54. Many of those deaths are the result of distracted driving.

Rubbernecking can kill

When people talk about distracted driving, they often imagine obvious scenarios like texting while driving. However, some forms of distracted driving are more surprising. Many people don’t realize that rubbernecking is a type of distracted driving. Rubbernecking is the phenomenon in which somebody who passes by an accident slows down and turns their head to get a better look.

Though rubbernecking might feel harmless, it isn’t. In only three seconds with your eyes off the road, your car going 60 miles per hour travels 264 feet or 88 yards. If you imagine how far that is, you can see how disaster could strike in barely any time.

It’s enough time to rear-end a car, swerve into another lane or miss the fact that someone is merging into yours. The fact is that it doesn’t matter why someone doesn’t have their eyes on the road; the results can be equally fatal either way.

Rubbernecking and personal injury

Rubbernecking also causes another serious problem. Suddenly slowing down your car disrupts the flow of traffic. If you decelerate from 65 miles per hour to 50 mph with no warning, the person behind you might not have time to slow down — especially if they, too, are rubbernecking. This scenario can lead to significant personal injury.

Many drivers feel confident that they know all there is to know. Nonetheless, it’s vital to keep learning about road safety. If you find yourself injured in a car accident, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney.