Some scientists say multitasking is a myth, and you can only do one thing at a time. Whether or not this is true, Michigan law makes it more than a good idea to only do one thing at a time when you are behind the wheel. Some people like to eat or text while they are driving, but this can be more than inconvenient.
Bad weather or wildlife on the road causes many of Michigan’s car accidents, but distracted driving is often a factor in car crashes that injure or kill drivers and passengers on the road. This is especially true in environments with many high-speed drivers moving in different directions.
A section of I-94 near the interchange with I-75 in Detroit was the site of two accidents recently, the first involving six cars and trucks in the eastbound lanes. While the highway was closed in one direction while emergency services responded, a driver caused an accident on the westbound side when the car struck another vehicle and hit the center divider of the highway.
The second accident happened because the driver was distracted by the first accident, and the collision occurred within seconds of the driver’s eyes leaving the road. Detroit police took to social media, showing the incident as an example of why drivers should not stare at accidents or otherwise focus on something other than their own section of the road.
People hurt by distracted drivers have recourse in civil court to reclaim expenses as well as compensation required after a car accident. An attorney can help victims and their families use their options to move on.