Distracted driving kills. Each day in the United States, 9 people die and more than 1,000 people are harmed in crashes that involve a distracted driver, yet motorists continue to get behind the wheel without giving it a second thought.
Distracted driving is any type of activity that takes your eyes, hands, or mind off the road. Examples include sending a text message, eating while behind the wheel, and even daydreaming.
Look out for these warning signs of a distracted driver, so that you can take the necessary steps to keep yourself safe.
Drivers Holding a Cell Phone
Of course, one of the most telltale signs of a distracted driver is a cell phone in their hands. But sometimes, it’s not always obvious.
Look out for an illuminating light shining on the face of a driver or a driver who appears to be focused on their lap.
Drivers Expressing Angry Gestures
Passengers in vehicles can be a distraction. If a driver is arguing with someone, their mind is most likely more focused on the discussion than on the road. When people experience elevated emotions, they are more prone to make dangerous decisions while driving.
If you notice a car going much slower than the speed of traffic, veering to the side of a lane, or braking erratically, the driver is probably focused on something else.
How to Deal with a Distracted Driver
If you notice any of the aforementioned signs, it’s important to follow these steps:
Give the distracted driver an ample amount of space.
Safely pull ahead of the distracted driver, or slow down and let them pull ahead.
Call 911 if you are unable to get away from the distracted driver.
Injured by a Distracted Driver? We Can Help!
If you were involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys are here to help.
At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we’re dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured and the wronged across North Carolina.
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