When riding down the road, you hope the truck driver next to you is paying attention, but he could be distracted. Here are the signs he might be.

What are the signs of a distracted truck driver?

 

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You’re driving down Alaskan Way enjoying the scenery of Puget Sound when you look over and see you’re next to a tractor-trailer. To your shock, the driver of the truck is looking at his phone while he is driving. You know the dangers of distracted driving, and you would assume he does too.

Seeing a trucker texting or otherwise using a handheld device is a sure sign that he is driving while distracted, but you can’t always see what a motorist is doing behind the wheel. Knowing that a driver isn’t paying attention to the road allows you to stay as far away as you can to potentially avoid an accident.

The Signs of a Distracted Truck Driver

Distracted drivers often display the same types of behaviors, including:

  • Swerving. A truck driver who is trying to text while driving or one who is looking down at his phone may swerve or even go into another lane. This happens because he relaxes his grip on the wheel, instead of holding it steady and keeping the rig straight.
  • Driving through red lights. A truck driver who isn’t paying attention to what is occurring in front of him is more likely than a conscientious trucker to drive through a red light and cause a dangerous crash.
  • Sudden braking. Distracted truck drivers tend to slam on their brakes often. This is typically from realizing something has stopped or slowed down in front of them while they were distracted by something else.

Were You the Victim of a Truck Accident?

If you were injured in a truck accident, you likely have a long road ahead of you that is filled with doctor’s appointments and medical bills. If you don’t have an experienced attorney on your side, you may end up paying those bills out of your own pocket. If you don’t think that’s fair, you’re not alone, because we don’t either.

Contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm to speak with an experienced attorney about your case and find out if we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.