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How do I spot a distracted truck driver?

Getting behind the wheel each day is more dangerous than many drivers think. With so many vehicles on the roads these days it's not out of the realm of possibility that you could be involved in an accident. It's also not out of the realm of possibility to be involved in an accident with a distracted truck driver. So, how do you spot a distracted truck driver in Kentucky?

One of the most common signs of a distracted truck driver is when the truck cannot maintain its speed or its lane of travel. If the truck keeps accelerating, braking, or weaving between lanes, it's highly likely that the driver is distracted, drunk or having a medical issue.

If you are sitting at a stop sign or intersection controlled by a traffic light and the truck in front of you waits too long to begin moving when the light turns green, it's likely the driver is distracted.

Another common sign of a distracted driver is the truck's speed. If the truck is going too slow to keep up with traffic, or too fast that it blows by traffic, then the driver is likely distracted or simply ignoring the posted speed limit.

The best way to avoid an accident with a distracted truck driver is to operate your vehicle as far from the truck as possible. Drive with the notion that the truck driver cannot see your vehicle. Always wear your seatbelt and check intersections for trucks prior to entering them.

Distracted truck drivers can cause serious accidents in Jefferson. If you are injured in such an accident you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to find out how you can protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries.

Source: Liberty Mutual, "How to Spot and Avoid Aggressive Drivers," accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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