Most Pennsylvania residents have dealt with a finicky driver on the highway. Whether it is during your morning to work or during a weekend drive into the country, an unaware driver wobbling between lanes is not only an annoying sight -- it is very dangerous.
The worst part about it is that you don't know what the other driver is thinking. Are they trying to merge? Are they talking on a cell phone or sending a text? It doesn't really matter what the reckless driver's excuse is, they are supposed to have their eyes on the road at all times, and they must be focused and alert during their drive to assure safe lane changes. Lacking full and undivided attention to the road, a driver can easily cause a car accident that could change someone's life forever.
Just such an accident occurred earlier this week, when a 32-year-old man merged from the left lane to the middle lane of a highway in Pennsylvania without recognizing the vehicle that was next to him.
He crashed into the other car, which was hauling a trailer. Due to the extra cargo, the unsuspecting vehicle jackknifed and the trailer careened through traffic before coming to a stop near the highway. The driver of the struck vehicle was hospitalized due to the crash.
This accident could have been much worse, and incidents like this happen every day. Distracted driving (or, at the very least, inattentive driving) poses an incredible risk to everyone on the road, and can make the at-fault driver liable in an accident.
Source: Salisbury Patch, "Trailer Detaches in Two-Car Crash on I-78," June 26, 2012