How do I spot a distracted driver?

One of the most alarming epidemics in the country right now is distracted driving. It is causing thousands of accidents per day and leaving families torn apart due to tragic injuries and even death. Distracted driving has gotten increasingly worse as mobile phones have evolved over the years. Here's how you can spot a distracted driver on the roads of Kentucky.

If you come upon a vehicle and the driver is wearing headphones, he or she will definitely be distracted. Listening to music or a podcast in this manner while driving tends to lead to daydreaming, which can be very problematic when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. The driver also won't be able to hear your horn or the sirens of any emergency vehicles.

Another common sign of a distracted driver is when the vehicle in front of you continues to swerve to the left or right of the lines painted on the roadway. This can indicate that they are not watching the road in front of them or that something else is seriously wrong.

Distracted drivers usually tend to delay their start from an intersection longer than most people. For example, when a traffic light turns from red to green, most vehicles wait two seconds and then begin driving. Any driver who waits much longer than that is probably distracted by their phone, the radio or someone else in the vehicle with them.

A driver in front of you who has to brake suddenly is probably distracted. Drivers who pay attention will not have to slam on the brakes when approaching a stop sign or red light because they will see the situation in front of them unfold.

Whether you have been involved in an accident or a loved one has been hurt in one, a motor vehicle accident attorney can answer all of your questions. A distracted driver in Jefferson can cause a lot of pain. Don't hesitate to seek help.

Source: National Safety Council, "Distracted Driving," accessed June 09, 2017

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