Distracted driving is dangerous for everyone involved, especially as there are many ways that a driver can distract themselves while they are behind the wheel.
Nearly half of a million drivers use their phones while driving, which proves extremely dangerous, but texting is not the only distraction drivers are vulnerable to. Eating, changing the radio station, other passengers, reaching to grab something off the floor and daydreaming are all types of distractions.
How are distracted drivers dangerous to motorcyclists?
You may or may not know that individuals who distract themselves while driving pose a great risk to all motorcyclists. At highway speeds, a driver who takes their eyes off the road for five seconds will travel the length of a football field. Many distracted drivers are not looking for motorcyclists in their path, just other cars or trucks. This can make riding very dangerous for motorcyclists.
Signs of distracted driving include:
- Unintentional merging into another lane
- Driver’s head continually pointed down
- Not driving right away at the turn of a green light
- Visibly talking on the phone
How to avoid fatality due to distracted driver
The easiest way to evade an accident or fatality due to the negligence of a distracted driver is to give them a lot of space. When you see a driver that is distracted, there is no way to be sure that they know you, a motorcyclist, are there. Your best bet may be to avoid riding in their path, if you can.
The threat of a crash is high when distracted drivers are on the road. Being able to spot a distracted driver and avoid them may help you dodge an accident. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, call George B. Ready to protect your rights and recover for your injuries.