Whether you are driving in New Jersey or anywhere in the country, there are steps you can take to remain safe. One way is to spot distracted drivers. A driver is distracted when engaging in the following behaviors.
Running a red light
A driver who runs a red light is not focused on the road. If the driver is paying attention, they will stop at the appropriate times.
Not using the turn signals
Turn signals are vital because they allow other drivers to know when you are turning, so they can make necessary decisions to remain safe on the roads. If a driver is turning and not using turn signals, they are distracted. A driver may fail to use turn signals when they are so distracted they are unsure of where they are going.
Swerving all over the road
Swerving all over the road is a clear sign of distraction and can occur for various reasons. A driver may swerve when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey and nationwide. The driver may also be texting or talking on the phone, or they may be interacting with children in the backseat.
Having a cell phone up to their ear
While it is illegal in most places to have a phone up to your ear while driving, most drivers still do this. If you see that a driver has a phone up to their ear while driving, know that their focus will not be fully on the road, and they are at risk of causing harm to others around them.
When a driver is fully focused on driving, they will respond at the appropriate times. A driver who takes longer to stop at red lights or stop signs or turns at the last second is not paying attention to the road.
As soon as you notice a distracted driver, drive several car lengths behind them or get ahead far enough so they are not a danger to you anymore. You can even drive in a completely different direction and take a detour. If, for some reason, you are hurt by a distracted driver due to being unable to get to safety, you might be able to take them to court and obtain the compensation you deserve to recover and care for all your financial obligations.