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The dangers of distracted driving and how to stay safe

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2022 | Car Accidents

Distracted driving is a problem throughout the country. Unfortunately, it has become more prevalent in recent years, with more distractions than ever before. 

In New Jersey, it has been found that over 20% of drivers on some roads were distracted at some point on their journeys. 

Unfortunately, taking your eyes, mind or hands off the task of driving presents serious risks to everyone (including you) on the road. 

While you can file a claim to receive compensation if a distracted driver strikes you, it is helpful to know the signs of this and how to prevent an accident, if possible. 

Signs of a distracted driver

Distracted driving takes on many forms. It can involve taking your eyes off the road to use your phone or adjust the radio, taking your mind off driving by arguing with someone in your vehicle or taking your hands off the wheel to eat or drink something. Unfortunately, these are just a few examples of distractions to drivers today. 

While you can commit to avoiding being distracted while behind the wheel, the same cannot be said for those on the road around you. Because of this, it is important to know the signs of a distracted driver, which include the following:

  • Sudden braking
  • Swerving
  • Hitting the rumble strips on the side of the road
  • Pausing 
  • Changing lanes erratically

If you notice these behaviors in a car around you, the best thing you can do is to get away from them. This will help ensure you aren’t involved in an accident. 

Your rights after being hit by a distracted driver

If a distracted driver strikes you, you have rights. One such right is to hold the at-fault party responsible for their actions. Be sure to gather evidence at the scene and take notes about what you remember to support your claim for damages.