The widespread use of cell phones and other types of portable electronic
devices have raised awareness on the issue of distracted driving. The
fact remains, however, that distracted driving has always existed and
is no way solely related to cell phones.
Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys specializing in motor vehicle accident litigation have seen a myriad of
acts that fall under the rubric of distracted driving.
Even some of the most innocuous and common acts
distract drivers’ attention from the road. What we mention here under the category of distracted driving may seem
unreasonable to some readers; nonetheless, they are distractions and should
be considered because they can cause
deadly car accidents. We make this disclaimer in regard to dashboard controls such as heat,
air conditioning, radios, lights, and dashboard navigation systems.
basic parts of a car can and do cause distractions. While some of the items may be necessary to adjust, drivers must do so
at the appropriate time. For example, if driving in highly congested traffic,
it is advisable to keep your hands on the steering wheel and off of the
radio, heat controls, and GPS navigation systems. In short, there is a
proper time and place for everything.
Other things are unarguably inappropriate when operating a motor vehicle
cause car accidents. Talking on the phone, dialing a number, texting, searching a mp3 player
for songs, eating, applying makeup, watching movies, reading, searching
the floor for dropped objects, and reaching into the backseat while driving
are all unnecessary. Drivers should simply wait to their vehicles are
parked and off of the road.
Of course, drivers have allowed themselves to become distracted by things
going on outside of the vehicle. We all know the phrase “rubber
necking”. While drivers watch police pull over other vehicles, accident
scenes, “sights” such as buildings, nature, construction work,
and monuments, their eyes and attention should be on the road and other vehicles.
Whether the distraction is in the car or outside of the car, drivers are
allowing their attention to be diverted from vehicle operation. Allow
oneself to be distracted is a choice. Unfortunately, these poor choices
can lead to disastrous consequences and personal financial liability.
This is because distracted driving is an
act of negligence. Statutes do not have to prohibit these behaviors in order for one to
be held liable in a civil court. Even though there may be no law that
says it is illegal to adjust heat controls, a driver distracted by such
can be negligent if such contributes to an accident. Whatever the distraction
may be, if it was unreasonable to become distracted under the circumstances,
then the offending driver can be sued by the victim of a
distracted driving accident.
Learn more about more of the common causes of motor vehicle crashes which
can be prevented in
our article posted here. Find out what happens when roadway debris causes a car accident in
our blog post available here. Also find out how bad rain and weather does not mean it was the storm’s fault, byclicking on the link available here to learn how a driver’s conduct in a storm must be commensurate with the
risks. Further, find out how vehicle defects can result in serious personal
injury or even death inour blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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