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Do these things if you spot a distracted driver

You're driving down the road, minding your business, when you spot someone who is clearly distracted. Maybe they're on the phone and not paying attention to the road. Or maybe they're turned around looking at someone or something in the backseat.

Since distracted driving has the potential to cause an accident, it's critical to avoid this behavior at all costs. It's also a good idea to keep your eyes open for distracted drivers. If you spot one of these people, here's what you should do:

  • Assume that the driver doesn't see you
  • Keep your distance in case the driver makes a sudden move
  • Pull ahead of the driver or slow down and let them go up the road
  • Call 911 if you're concerned about the behavior of the driver
  • Tell the dispatcher what you see, along with the color, make, model and license plate of the vehicle
  • Don't attempt to take action on your own, such as by getting the attention of the driver

If a distracted driver causes an accident in which you're injured, move to safety and call for help. While you wait for an ambulance and police to arrive, administer first aid.

Once you receive treatment and discuss your prognosis with your medical team, turn your attention to the accident itself. This is when you'll collect evidence, speak with witnesses, review the police report and file an insurance claim.

Your goal during this process is to better understand what went wrong, all so you can obtain compensation from the negligent party for your injuries and other damages.

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