Despite the known risks of distracted driving and the many laws prohibiting it, the activity is still quite prevalent. In fact, a recent survey found three-quarters of motorists who own a smartphone admitted to texting while driving. Additionally, approximately two-thirds said they have read text messages while stopped, while more than a quarter said they have sent texts while driving.
Participating in this activity has devastating consequences, with approximately eight people killed in the United States every day due to distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As a driver, it is in your best interest to know how to spot and avoid a distracted driver. We provide tips for doing so below.
How to Identify a Distracted Driver
Many people who participate in distracted driving believe they can use their smartphone or perform another distracting activity without diminishing their ability to drive safely. However, this could not be further from the truth. Research has shown that multitasking is a myth; our brains just switch from one activity to the next instead of performing two activities simultaneously.
Therefore, it is likely that a distracted driver will display some behaviors or warning signs that indicate they are not in full control of their vehicle, including:
- Swerving or drifting in between lanes
- Taking too long to move after the light turns green
- Braking late or very suddenly
Distracted driving can change a victim’s life in an instant. Such accidents are so unjust because they can be prevented when drivers operate their vehicles responsibly.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a distracted driver, our Florida personal injury attorneys are here to help. At Michles & Booth, we make it our mission to help auto accident victims recover the funds they need to get high-quality medical care and provide for their loved ones. We may be able to do the same for you.
Call Michles & Booth at (800) 848-6168 to schedule a free consultation.