How Rubbernecking & Distracted Driving Causes Accidents in Florida

Rubbernecking Highway SignA rubbernecking accident is a common cause of distracted driving. Rubberneckers are drivers who look out the car window at some roadside incident, such as a wreck or a police pull-over instead of paying attention to the road. Simply put, rubbernecking accidents happen because drivers are not looking where they are going.

Rubbernecking is a Top Cause of Distracted Driving Accidents

A 2003 study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles found that rubbernecking was the number one cause of distracted driving accidents, responsible for 16% of accidents. (If the study were to be repeated in 2012, with the proliferation of cell phones, SmartPhones, and texting, the ranking would undoubtedly be higher.) Nevertheless, rubberneckers remains a significant cause of crashes and injuries.

It is every driver’s responsibility to avoid distractions and remain focused on the road at all times when driving. When a driver fails to do so and causes an injury accident, the person who has been hurt may have a claim for compensation against the rubbernecker who was not paying attention.

Kinds of Collisions and Injuries from These Accidents

Many of these are rear-end collisions.

These often cause serious neck and back injuries including herniated discs in the cervical spine, an extremely painful injury that often necessitates surgery, often a cervical spinal fusion surgery.

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person’s careless driving, you may have a claim to receive money to compensate you for your unpaid medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, or loss of quality of life. It is best to have your circumstances reviewed by a Florida personal injury lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases.