Practically any Worcester resident who has driven or been a passenger in a car has seen it: a driver with their head down as they read, write or send a text message on their smart phone. Technology like cellular telephones, navigation devices and smart watches are touted as tools that make people’s lives easier. However, in many cases, they are the devices that make American roads more dangerous.
Smart devices are a major cause of distracted driving in America. Distracted driving occurs when a person allows a distraction, such as their phone, another passenger, or eating, to take their attention away from the road. Distractions can prevent drivers from seeing obstacles in their paths, stopping their vehicles before colliding with other automobiles or pedestrians or even noticing traffic signals and signage that are intended to keep them from running into other cars, trucks and motor vehicles.
Drivers owe a duty of care to the other people they encounter on the roads and when they drive distracted they fail in their duty to exercise reasonableness. A reasonable driver would not operate a motor vehicle with their eyes down, hands off of the wheel and attention on a small screen rather than the open road before them.
Distracted drivers cause damaging car accidents that hurt and sometimes kill their victims. Whether they are talking to passengers or on their phones, putting on make- up or trying to fit in a meal while between commitments, their inabilities to watch what is happening in front of them can leave devastation in the lives of those they encounter. Victims of distracted driving accidents may wish to learn more about their negligence-based claims with the help of personal injury attorneys.