Loud Music and Car Accidents
Distracted drivers present nearly as great a risk to anyone on the road as drivers who are intoxicated. Making phone calls or texting while driving can be dangerously distracting, but loud music can disrupt both a driver’s focus and his or her ability to hear what is going on around him or her on the road. If you have been injured because of the actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering.
Some people believe that loud music isn’t enough in itself to make a driver hazardous. However, there are many important sounds that can alert a driver to what is happening on the road around him or her, the most obvious example being a car horn honking. However, there are other audible cues on the road that are equally important. For example, screeching tires ahead can let you know that you need to start braking, even if you cannot yet see brake lights. Similarly, an engine roaring behind you can let you know that a reckless driver is approaching and can give you time to get out of his or her path.
In addition to not being able to hear outside sounds, however, people who listen to loud music while driving are also distracted by the music itself. Loud music, even if you are used to the loudness and familiar with the music, still dominates your awareness. Rather than simply making it more difficult to hear, loud music can make it difficult to be as aware of what is on the road in general.
If you or someone you love has been injured by an irresponsible, distracted driver, you may be entitled to take legal action to protect your rights and recover compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. To learn more about your options, contact the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.