Sometimes people get behind the wheel but are distracted by other concerns. They may be thinking about school or work, a relationship, or what they are going to have for dinner. Perhaps they are trying to comb their hair or put on makeup while driving, or are talking to or texting a friend. Drivers who are not paying attention to the road while behind the wheel are known as inattentive drivers.
Inattentive drivers are arguably the most dangerous type of driver, because they may endanger other drivers without knowing it and may not react in time to cars that suddenly change speed or direction. Being unaware while driving is a hazard to everyone around you, including other drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other road users.
Driving while not paying attention to your behavior and your surroundings is careless and reckless. To avoid being an inattentive driver, make sure you focus on driving first and foremost while you are in the car. Driving should be active, not passive. While driving, consider doing the following to make sure you are being an attentive driver:
- Check your mirrors for cars in your blind spots before changing lanes.
- Be sure to signal to let other cars know what you are doing.
- Always look ahead to see what the traffic in front of you is doing. Avoid braking abruptly.
- Slow down and stop for pedestrians in crosswalks who have the right of way.
- Before turning, look for pedestrians crossing the street or bikes in the bike line alongside you to avoid unintentionally cutting off a bicyclist
Being a good driver requires being an attentive driver. Don’t let yourself cause a serious accident by driving while distracted.
For more information on inattentive drivers and accident liability, please contact the experienced Indianapolis accident lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.