Even with cities and states across the country passing ordinances and laws about cellphone use and driving, it seems that every day there is a story in the news about a car accident due to distracted driving. The reality is that texting and talking are not the only causes of distracted driving. Any kind of multitasking that goes on behind the wheel can cause a driver to be distracted. Even in the second it takes to adjust the thermostat settings, a tragic accident can occur.
A serious motor vehicle accident can leave you unable to work and dealing with an ever-increasing stack of medical bills. The average person working in Arkansas probably doesn't have several months' worth of living expenses saved for immediate use. You may have funds, but they're probably locked up in a retirement account with penalties and taxes for early withdrawal, and you may feel like you're at the mercy of the insurance companies handling your claim.
Imagine you just got into a car accident. You're worried about the damage to your vehicle and the crick in your neck. The other driver was at fault, and you want to make sure that you can recover financial compensation relating to your injuries and property damages.
You see at least one every day on your daily commute to and from work: a driver who is multitasking while behind the wheel. From playing with the radio to eating and even engaging in some personal grooming, many people seem to think that they should be getting other things done while driving. Recent studies have given more weight to something most of us already know: texting while driving is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving.
Car accidents are so common -- you see evidence of them every week. Maybe you come up behind a recent accident or get stuck in the traffic backup it creates. Maybe you see an ambulance or firetruck tear by on the way to a crash scene. Maybe you just see the skid marks in the grass, ending at a broken treeline, and you know someone crashed.
It's pretty common for people to go to sleep too late and to get up too early. With children, work, school and other activities to keep you busy, there may not seem to be enough hours in the day for everything you want to do and the eight hours of sleep you need.
The restaurant business, at least when it comes to fast food, seems specifically created to cater to eating and driving. Yes, technically speaking, you can hit the drive-thru and then go home to eat. But how many times do you simply want to eat while you drive?
You're heading to work when a teen driver flies by you in the other direction, staring down at her phone as she drives. You shake your head and keep going. At the next intersection, the car ahead of you doesn't move when the light turns green, the young driver looking back and talking to his friends in the back seat. Then, as you slow to turn into your parking lot, a car full of teens with the music blaring rear-ends you. As you get out of the car, wincing in pain, you notice that the driver of the smoking vehicle behind you is already posting a picture to Instagram.
You drove home after a long day at work thinking nothing of the commute. You had only a few miles to go when a driver came seemingly out of nowhere and collided with you. Just before the car accident, you noticed the driver was turned away, seeming to look at something on the seat instead of the road ahead. That distracted action was a choice, and it's one that has now left you with injuries.
While most motorists drive appropriately in rush hour traffic, some don't take the steps necessary to remain safe. Instead, they take risks that put everyone on the road in a dangerous position.