When you saw the other vehicle heading your way, you noticed that the driver was eating. They had a drink in one hand and were clearly not paying close enough attention to what they were doing. As they drove into the intersection where you were attempting to make a turn, you had plenty of time to see them. In all those moments leading up to the crash, they never looked up once.
Distractions are a serious problem on the roads, and they can lead to serious, potentially fatal collisions. There are many kinds of distractions, which is why it is so difficult to prevent them all. Anything from eating behind the wheel to chatting on the phone with friends can be distracting and put others at risk.
Does seeing a distracted driver’s actions help your case?
It can help your case if you give a statement expressing what you saw and those statements match with what the authorities discover. For example, if you tell the police that you saw the driver drinking and looking away from the road, the police might match that statement up with a spilled drink found in the vehicle or food wrappers littered throughout the vehicle following the crash.
They may also directly ask the driver if they were eating or participating in other tasks behind the wheel. Many drivers don’t realize that answering that question can hurt their own case or show that they were at fault, so they’ll answer honestly.
It may also be helpful to your case if you can prove what you saw. For instance, some people now use dash cameras and other devices to record what’s happening around them. If your camera happens to capture the driver’s actions before the crash, then that video may strengthen your case and help your attorney negotiate for a higher settlement.
Explaining what you saw may help your case
It’s not your responsibility to prove that the other driver was at fault, but any details you can give to support that claim could help your case go further and result in a better payout for you in the end.