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Distracted drivers are all around – know how to spot one

How many times have you driven in Worcester traffic, glanced at the cars in the lanes next to you, and seen drivers texting, talking on the phone, combing their hair and doing all sorts of things other than focusing solely on driving? There was even that time you saw that guy using his knees to steer the car while he ate a hamburger. When every minute counts, many people use their daily commutes to multitask. While this may increase their productivity, it also increases the likelihood of a severe car accident.

While it is not always possible to avoid a car accident with a negligent driver, there are certain steps you can take to reduce your chances. By being able to identify distracted drivers, you have a greater chance of keeping yourself and your family safe. Read further to find out more about how to spot a distracted driver.

Common warning signs

Drivers that are multitasking while behind the wheel tend to display many of the same warning signs as drunk drivers. The similarity between the two is what makes distracted drivers so dangerous. Watch for drivers that are traveling much faster or slower than the speed limit or traffic. Also, drivers that erratically change their speed may also be distracted. Other drivers you should pay special attention to include those that linger too long at traffic lights or stop signs, those that weave in and out of traffic, and cars that are swerving or riding too close to the edge of the lane.

Suggested actions

If you see a vehicle that is behaving in any of the ways described above, there are certain things you should do that will help you avoid an accident. First, assume that the driver does not see you or any other vehicle traveling close by. Be sure to keep a very safe distance. You may need to speed up to get ahead of this driver or slow down and let them take a nice, long lead. Be prepared to call 911. If you do dial 911, be ready to report the driver and describe the type of behavior you are witnessing. Let the police take care of the situation and remove the driver from the road.

When you are behind the wheel, it is important that you remain vigilant for distracted drivers. Remember, you will see them, but they will not see you. Even though you take evasive action, you may not be able to avoid an accident with a negligent driver. If this happens, you may be able to file a claim for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.

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