Driving in a new city or even country can be tough for many reasons. For example, a driver may not be familiar with roads in a particular area, causing them to accidentally drive the wrong way down a one-way road or be unaware of certain spots that are especially dangerous. Furthermore, people who find themselves in new areas may be tired due to jet lag or driving for long hours on a road trip. Aside from these potential areas of concern, distracted driving is especially problematic for those who are operating a vehicle in unfamiliar territory.
When a driver uses a GPS system or tries to read a map, they can become distracted and divert their attention from the roadway. Not only do some drivers read maps that have been printed, but some may use their smartphone as well, which can also be distracting. Moreover, drivers who are in a new place that they have never been may be more likely to look at various attractions and sites while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is especially concerning in the digital era and has claimed many lives over the years.
If you are driving in a new area, it is essential to be aware of these risks and the different reasons why an accident may be more likely. If you have been hit by someone from out-of-town, you should not hesitate to stand up for your legal rights and know which legal options you have. Our crashes section has more related to distracted driving.