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4 ways to spot a distracted driver

Imagine driving to work and traffic slowly comes to a stop. You apply the brake and come to a halt, dreading the long wait until traffic starts to move again. Unfortunately, the driver behind you was too busy texting his boss that he was going to be late and failed to notice that the cars in front of him were not moving. Now, you have a nasty case of whiplash and a car that vaguely resembles an accordion.

You cannot help but wonder if there was some way you could have avoided the accident. In this case, it is really too late to worry about what you could have done. Instead, the tips below might help you avoid another collision with a distracted driver. After a car accident with a negligent driver, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in the Salt Lake City area to find out if you can file a claim for compensation.

1. Too far left, too far right

If a vehicle is veering too far either to the left or right, then the driver might be focused on something other than driving. Keep your distance from this vehicle, even if it means pulling over or taking an earlier exit.

2. Sudden braking

When people are multi-tasking behind the wheel, they tend not to notice cars in front of them that are slowing down or stopping. When they do notice, they often hit the brakes fast and hard. If you are following too close behind, you might rear end the distracted driver. Be sure you keep your distance from other cars in front of you, even if you do not have any reason to think the driver is distracted.

3. Long waits at intersections

Sometimes people use the time at stoplights to check their email, reset their navigation systems, or do other things that were too difficult while driving. If a car stopped at an intersection takes an unusually long time to start moving once the light turns green, that driver is probably not paying attention. The multitasking might continue past the intersection, so keep your distance from this driver.

4. Headphones

People wearing headphones while behind the wheel are more than likely using a hands-free option to make a call or send a text. Even while using a hands-free device, drivers are still involved in another activity other than driving and this makes them distracted.

If you have been involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, you might be able to file a claim for compensation. You should not be left with high medical bills and car repairs due to someone else's negligence.

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