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The hidden dangers of rubbernecking

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2022 | Car Accidents

Have you heard the term rubbernecking? It’s essentially when drivers slow down and take their eyes off the road to look at an accident. Unfortunately, while it may not seem like that big of a deal, it is actually a type of distracted driving that can lead to accidents, injuries and other consequences. 

Because it presents such a serious risk, it’s best for drivers to avoid rubbernecking entirely. 

Why is rubbernecking considered distracted driving?

Distracted driving occurs when a driver takes their attention away from the task at hand – in this case, driving. Even just taking their eyes off the road ahead for two seconds will increase their risk of an accident by almost 50%. 

Remember, accidents can occur in a split second, which means in the time a driver takes their eyes off the road to look at another accident, they could have caused a collision that injured or even killed someone. 

How common is rubbernecking?

Rubbernecking isn’t a new term that is used. It is from the late 1800s and essentially means eavesdropping. Just in this case, rather than listening, drivers are looking at something outside of their vehicles and not paying attention to the road. 

The appeal to see what is going on is strong. Not only that – but in the digital era where everyone is connected –  taking pictures and sharing the situation is also a temptation that many people give into. Unfortunately, when a rubbernecker is driving, this only increases the likelihood of an accident. 

If you’re the victim of a rubbernecker, find out more about your right to compensation for your injuries and losses. You shouldn’t have to suffer financial losses from someone else’s mistakes.