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Distracted driving reaches new heights in the Bay Area

How well do you remember your driver’s education classes? Even if you were paying less-than-full attention, you may remember reading something about driving being a privilege and not a right. That probably seemed like a strange sentiment at the time.

But when you witness the behavior of certain other drivers – ranging from bizarre to insanely dangerous – it suddenly becomes clear that not all drivers deserve the privilege they were given. Some motorists in the Bay Area have taken distracted driving to whole new levels, prompting others to consider alternative modes of transportation for their own safety.

In a recent San Jose Mercury News article, a reader wrote in to explain why he is glad to be a BART commuter. The man said that while driving on the 237 freeway, he once saw a woman painting her toenails during her afternoon commute. Her left foot was up on the dashboard and strategically placed near an air-conditioning vent to aid the drying process.

Although this was the craziest example of distracted driving he had seen, there were others that seemed almost equally foolish. They included drivers he had seen:

  • Applying makeup
  • Eating cereal
  • Reading newspapers
  • Shaving their faces (both with blade razors and electric razors)

There are motorists out there who believe that driving is their inalienable right, which is evident in their reckless behavior. But sooner or later, these drivers will cause a devastating car accident that could injure/kill them or others.

Sadly, there are a lot of drivers who don’t deserve the privilege of licensure. As individuals, we don’t have the power to revoke their license, but we can make sure they are held accountable for the damage they cause. After an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Roadshow: Woman painting toenails gets first prize for distracted driving," Gary Richards, July 23, 2014

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