Driving While Wearing Headphones
Since the arrival of the portable cassette player, personal music players have become increasingly popular across the United States. They have become a standard fixture at the gym, on the bus, and in some cases, even while an individual is driving a motor vehicle. Operating an automobile while using headphones can be very dangerous because it compromises the driver’s ability to hear. A driver’s sense of hearing is very important while driving and if he or she does not have it because of headphones, other motorists and pedestrians are needlessly endangered.
If you have been in a car accident with a motorist who was wearing headphones, you may be able to seek financial compensation through legal action. To learn more about your legal options, contact the San Diego injury lawyers of Ritter & Associates at (619) 296-0123 today.
Why Headphones are Dangerous
Motorists listening to music or other audio while driving is nothing new. However, the addition of headphones makes it extremely dangerous because they limit a driver’s ability to hear. If a motorist uses headphones while behind the wheel, he or she loses the ability to hear a number of important sounds such as:
- Ambulance, police car, and fire truck sirens
- Horns from other vehicles warning of their presence or the threat of an accident
- Alarms or signals at crosswalks and railroad crossings
Collisions caused by motorists whose hearing was impaired by the wearing of headphones at the time of the accident are inexcusable. A knowledgeable attorney can help you to hold the negligent driver accountable for the harm that you have suffered.
At Ritter & Associates, our San Diego personal injury attorneys are passionately committed to helping our clients to seek justice and compensation when they have been hurt by a distracted driver. For more information about your legal rights, contact us at (619) 296-0123.