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4 signs of distracted driving

Day or night, driving through Chicago can be a dangerous undertaking. You might have to share the road with drunk drivers, angry drivers, distracted drivers and others who are completely reckless. While it is sometimes hard to tell what kind of driver is next to you, behind you or in front of you, there are some indicators that you might clue you in. For instance, if a car is drifting back and forth in the lanes and it is midnight, there is a good chance that the driver is drunk.

If you can identify certain signs of bad driving behavior, it increases your chance of avoiding a wreck. If you see any of the following behaviors on the road, the driver might be distracted and therefore dangerous to you and others.

Veering off center

With the lines on the road, it is very easy to see if a driver is veering too far right or left. If you see a car that is having trouble staying in the middle of the lane, take it as a sign that the driver is probably not paying very much attention to the road. Keep your distance from this driver to avoid a wreck.

Sudden braking

Another common sign of distracted driving is sudden braking. This tends to happen when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road and the car in front begins to slow down or brake. As the traffic ahead becomes slower or comes to a stop, the distracted driver is probably looking down at the radio or cellphone and the change on the road then comes as shock. This elicits the sudden braking which might end in a rear-end collision.

Hanging out at the intersection

Some people decide that red lights present the perfect opportunity for checking emails or responding to text messages. This often makes the driver linger at the light a little too long after it turns green. If you see this kind of behavior, it is safe to assume that the driver will continue his or her multitasking activities once the car is again in motion.


Many drivers who wear headphones while behind the wheel do so in order to use voice-to-text capabilities on their phones. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that using these kinds of features is not actually a safe option. In fact, it might even increase the chances of a distracted driving accident.

If you have been the victim of a distracted driver, keep in mind that you have options. You might be able to file a claim for your injuries and other damages and possibly receive compensation for your medical expenses and other losses.

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