Many car accidents happen due to distracted driving, typically caused by paying attention to other passengers in the car, eating or drinking, and more recently, texting or using social media while operating a motor vehicle. However, a Minnesota driver took distracted driving to a new level of carelessness when she crashed her car while watching Netflix on her tablet as she drove down the Interstate at 70 MPH.
On October 26, witnesses started calling in reports of an erratic driver saying that a vehicle was crossing lane lines, driving onto the shoulder, and in and out of grass alongside the highway. Eventually the driver crashed her car as state troopers closed in, setting off a separate crash in the pandemonium. To the surprise of officers, the driver admitted that she was watching a Netflix program on her IPad sitting on the adjacent seat, all the while endangering herself and other motorists in the process.
Distracted driving causes hundreds of fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries every year as electronics in the car have become more commonplace. The State Patrol warns drivers to put the distraction aside, whatever it may be, and drive, “driving and Netflix don’t mix”.
If you have been injured in a Quad Cities car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the davenport personal injury law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance at 563-355-6478.