Distracted drivers are likely the cause of too many accidents in California and around the country, which is why texting and driving has become such a hot-button issue lately.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and it’s for a good reason. Any individual knows just how dangerous distracted driving could be. Following these simple tips can help to avoid serious injuries on California roads.
- Avoid engaging with other distracted drivers. It’s never a good idea to engage in road rage and aggressive behavior to try to point out this person’s shortcomings.
- Stay out of these drivers’ way. An aggressive driver or a distracted driver should be avoided where possible. Putting some distance between your car and a questionable driver is easily done by slowing down or taking a five-minute break to pull off the road.
- Be knowledgeable about your surroundings.
- Overcome the problem of over confidence. Never believe that you are above the rules or that you are able to focus better than another individual. This is what leads far too many people to engage in distracted driving behavior that causes serious accidents. Distracted drivers might only realize the consequences of their actions far too late.
Signs of Distracted Drivers
If you spot another driver engaging in distracted behavior behind the wheel, there are a few things you can do to prevent being injured in a car accident. Much like a drunk driver, there are several signs that another driver is not paying full attention to the road, including:
- Changing speed for no particular reason
- Weaving in and out of lanes and traffic
- Going faster or slower than the current flow of traffic
- Staying stopped at a light or sign for longer than usual
What to Do if You Spot a Distracted Driver
Stay cognizant of your surroundings in order to have the best chance of avoiding an accident. Since you cannot count on a distracted driver seeing you, other drivers, or hazards in the roadway, it’s in your best interests to stay aware of distracted driving behavior so that you can safely avoid it.
- Give the driver plenty of berth both on the sides and in the front
- Try to avoid driving directly next to or behind a distracted driver- where possible, move ahead or let a speeding driver pass you
- Contact the police if the driver’s behavior concerns you or appears to be getting worse- share concerns about the driver’s actions beyond texting
- Never attempt to handle the situation on your own
Being aware of how to prevent these dangerous accidents with aggressive drivers or distracted drivers could be essential for minimizing damages and injuries in a serious crash.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines