How to Spot a Distracted Driver - St. Louis Car Accident Attorneys

by Christopher Hoffmann on Jun. 27, 2019

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Summary: Many public campaigns seek to raise awareness on this issue in the hopes that drivers would exert more caution while driving. However, it’s not just limiting distractions that can make for safer roads. Defensive behavior could also protect you from a potential accident.

Distracted driving is a common issue on U.S. roads that takes thousands of lives each year. One of the most prevalent reasons why some drivers are distracted while behind the wheel is using a smartphone.

Many public campaigns seek to raise awareness on this issue in the hopes that drivers would exert more caution while driving. However, it’s not just limiting distractions that can make for safer roads. Defensive behavior could also protect you from a potential accident.

Spotting a distracted driver may be a very effective way to prevent car accidents and injuries. Here are some of the signs of a distracted driver.

 

1. Slow Response Time

One of the first signs that a driver is distracted is the slow response time. It means the driver isn’t paying attention to what is happening on the road, and therefore their reactions are somewhat delayed. 

For instance, most people move once the light turns green almost instantly. A distracted driver, however, will probably take a few seconds before they realize the light changed.

 

2. Erratic Lane Position

When you’re focusing on your driving, you are most likely keeping a fairly steady position on the lane. However, if the car drifts out of their lane or doesn’t keep a steady line, then this may be a clear sign that the driver is not focusing on their driving.

The more erratic the driving, the more likely the driver is not in control of the vehicle. It is possible that they may also be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

3. Speeding or Driving Under the Limit

If you’re not paying attention to how you’re driving, it’s very likely not to be completely aware of how fast or slow you are going. Driving too fast or too slow may be an indicator that the driver is distracted, so you should keep your distance.

 

4. Sudden Breaks

A common move a distracted driver would make when they realize their distraction is getting the best of them is hitting the brakes. If you see another vehicle suddenly stopping, this can be an indication that the driver is not 100% focused. You should try your best to avoid them, because they may repeat this action later on. 

 

5. Other Visual Cues

If you see the driver eating, using a phone, gesturing with their hands as if in an argument, or having any sort of behavior that can distract them from the road, you should do your best to keep away from that driver. 

 

Speak With an Attorney

Of course, all these signs also require you to let go of distractions and pay attention to the road. One slip up is often all it takes to cause a car accident.

If you’ve been the victim of a distracted driver, reach out to a St. Louis car accident lawyer to see how you can receive compensation for your injuries and damages. Give us a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4242.

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