Florida roads, like many others in the nation, are often heavily laden with traffic. If you live here on a full-time basis, that’s likely not news. Even if you’re one of many tourists who pass this way during annual vacations, you may still be quite familiar with how busy and dangerous roadways in this state can be. You no doubt try to remain as alert and cautious behind the wheel as possible, no matter where you drive.
However, regardless of how careful you are, you can’t control other drivers’ actions. Driving nowadays is definitely more dangerous than taking leisurely Sunday drives might have been a few decades ago. In fact, there are some days when you may feel like you are placing your own life at risk just trying to reach your destination by car.
Distracted drivers are part of the problem
Any number of factors may impede your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Distracted driving continues to be a significant problem in many areas, and this type of irresponsible behavior places all who are in the vicinity at risk for injury. If you remember to watch for the following signs while driving, you may be able to prevent a collision:
- Veering vehicles: For the most part, motorists should stay in the centers of their appropriate lanes of traffic while driving. If a car is veering left or right, it may be a sign of distracted driving.
- Erratic braking: Brakes have a purpose, but drivers can misuse them as well. If you notice a particular vehicle stopping at random points on the road that don’t coincide with your current traffic patterns, it may be because the driver is distracted.
- Intersection delays: Intersections are indeed some of the most dangerous places on the road; however, the best way to navigate them is to pay attention and act with caution. If a car seems delayed and a driver is lingering at a stop sign, it may be because he or she is otherwise occupied at the time.
- Earphones as signs of trouble: Many people pride themselves on their multi-tasking skills. However, taking care of work or personal errands while driving (via ear phones or other technology) is never a good idea. Motorists wearing ear phone devices may show signs of distraction.
Distracted drivers place themselves and all others at risk whether they are texting behind their wheels, talking on cell phones, or fiddling with dashboard knobs or GPS devices. If you suffer injury because someone wasn’t paying attention to the road like he or she was supposed to, you can seek recovery for your losses by pursuing a personal injury claim in a civil court.
A first logical step to take to file such a claim is to discuss your situation with someone well-versed in personal injury law. From there, you can develop a plan to gather evidence and assess what types of damages have occurred in order to seek recovery for your losses.