Distracted driving is a serious problem in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. This is because taking your focus away from what is happening around your vehicle may increase your risk of getting into an accident. Fortunately, there are certain clues that you can use to determine if you may be driving while distracted. These clues may also help you determine if other motorists may not be paying attention to road conditions.
Is a vehicle having trouble keeping pace with traffic?
Braking or accelerating in an erratic fashion may be one of the biggest giveaways that a driver is distracted. The constant changes in speed may be a clue that an individual is more focused on a phone call than how fast his or her vehicle is traveling. Every so often, the motorist may glance down at the speedometer only to find that the number on that device is too high or low for road conditions.
In a panic, the motorist will then slam on the brakes or hit the accelerator in an effort to recalibrate. It’s worth noting that driving under the speed limit might result in a car accident because it may impede the proper flow of traffic.
Is a vehicle having a hard time maintaining its lane?
A car that is swerving between multiple lanes is likely being operated by someone who is distracted. The same may be true if a vehicle changes lanes several times without its turn signal being activated. In either scenario, the driver is likely looking at a cellphone, at a passenger in the backseat or at something other than the road. While doing so, the driver is unaware that he or she is turning the steering wheel enough to cause the car to veer into multiple lanes.
If your car is struck by a vehicle operated by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills or other costs. A financial award may be obtained after settlement talks or after the conclusion of a formal trial.