Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Car Accident
Distracted drivers are a problem all across California and the rest of the country. There’s no getting past that distracted driving has become more of a concern over the past 10 years due to the improvements made in mobile phones. Now people can text, send emails, play games, read the news and much more on their phones at any point of the day. This has become an issue for drivers who can’t seem to put their phones down while operating their vehicle. Our San Diego car accident attorney would like to share some tips for spotting distracted drivers on the roads of California in today’s post.
Distracted drivers will exhibit dangerous habits that are very similar to those of an impaired driver. That’s why the signs are pretty similar between the two types of drivers. If you are driving alongside a car and look over to see the driver’s head tilted down, it’s likely he or she is looking at their phone. This is one of the most common signs of distracted driving you will notice in California. You can even pick up on this looking through the rear window if you have an unobstructed view of the driver’s head.
Another common sign you will see from a distracted driver is unexplained maneuvers or braking. A car being driven by a distracted driver might go to turn and then get back into the lane of travel. The brake lights might activate every couple of seconds. The car might veer left or right of the center lines or the shoulder. These are all signs that the driver might not be paying attention to what is happening around them.
Vehicles that are speeding well above the posted speed limits and are tailgating might be driven by distracted drivers. These drivers are not paying attention to how much speed they are giving their vehicle or how close they are following the vehicle in front of them. Oftentimes they discover the problem when it’s too late and they’ve already been involved in a horrific crash. At the same time, a driver that is traveling too slow for the posted speed limit might be more concerned about their phone, radio, or what’s going on in the back seat of their vehicle.
Quite possibly the easiest way to spot a distracted driver is by looking for the blatant use of a hand-held device. This can be a tablet, mobile phone, pager, GPS or any other electronic device. When you spot a driver using one of these devices you can bet that they are not entirely focused on what is happening around them. The same can be said for a driver who has headphones in their ears while operating their vehicle.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver you need to protect your rights immediately by having a conversation with a San Diego car accident attorney. Call the office of the Simpson Law Group to schedule your consultation today at 619-236-9696.
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