Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents in the United States, and takes many lives each year. Distracted driving encompasses driving while texting, talking on the phone, eating, trying to find something in the car or change the radio, or any of numerous activities that take the driver’s attention off the road. It only takes a split second of inattention to cause an accident, and sadly many drivers do not bear that in mind on a daily basis. It goes without saying that you should avoid those activities while driving, but you can also be on the lookout for other drivers who may be distracted (or impaired) and more likely to cause an accident.
If you see another driver consistently driving significantly under the speed limit for no apparent reason (i.e., it is not icy, or pouring rain, etc.), he or she may be distracted or impaired. Likewise, if a driver is remaining in the left (passing) lane, but not passing slower-moving traffic, he or she may not have the attention available to change lanes, and may not be someone you want to remain close to. If another vehicle is repeatedly crossing into the shoulder or median, taking more than a few seconds to proceed through a green light or stop sign, or otherwise exhibits delayed responses to normal traffic situations, it is probably in your best interest to remain as far behind that car as possible or to pass it when safe to do so.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to another driver’s negligence, we can help you assert your rights to fair compensation for injuries, medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more. And you pay no attorneys’ fees until we recover money for you first. Call (360) 603-9545 for a free consultation.