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How to spot a distracted driver

Imagine you are driving home from work at the end of a long day. You are looking forward to unwinding at home as you enter an intersection on a green light. Out of nowhere, a car blazes into the intersection and broadsides your car. Instead of going home, you wind up going to the emergency room with serious injuries.

For too many people, this is not an imaginary scenario; it's a very real situation caused by a distracted driver. In an effort to try and prevent these devastating crashes, it can be helpful to know what the signs are that a driver might be distracted.

As noted in a article on distracted driving, a driver who is distracted may be:

  • Drifting out of his or her lane
  • Switching lanes without using a turn signal
  • Making sharp corrective maneuvers
  • Slowing down for no reason
  • Staying too long at a traffic light or stop sign, even when it's okay to move
  • Driving through traffic lights or stop signs

If you see a driver exhibiting any of these signs, it can be important to keep your distance if you are able. They could be distracted or otherwise impaired behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to see signs of distraction in time to avoid an accident. Under these circumstances, you can work with an attorney to collect evidence of distraction after the crash. This can include:

  • Recordings from surveillance cameras in the area
  • Cellphone records
  • Food, pets or grooming supplies in the car that could have been creating a distraction
  • Witness statements
  • Police reports

If you are able to establish that a driver was distracted at the time of the accident, you could be in a position to file a personal injury claim and recover compensation.

Distracted driving is dangerous; every driver should know this. Sadly, too many people continue to engage in this behavior anyway. By staying alert and avoiding distracted drivers if possible, you may be able to help further your goal of getting to your destination safely.

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