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10 Ways to Avoid a Hazardous Driver

Submitted by jrlaw on May 27th, 2010

10 Ways to Avoid a Hazardous Driver

Any car wreck attorney can probably tell you plenty of stories of clients who knew something was wrong with the driver who injured them before it happened. There are plenty of times when people are on the road and when a driver in another lane or at an intersection seems off. Sometimes it’s obvious that they’re drunk. They may be swerving, driving way too slow or too fast and so forth. In other cases, it’s just obvious that they’re not paying attention and that an accident is inevitable. There are some ways you can avoid these drivers. Here are a few things to watch out for.

  • If someone speeds up to a stop sign or stop light you’re approaching, assume they’re going to go through it. Never count on their brakes or their brains.
  • Watch out for drivers who are rummaging around the seat or glove box. They don’t see you.
  • If a driver is obviously intoxicated, get out of their way. Pass if you have to or back off. Don’t feel bad about calling it in, either.
  • Don’t make obscene gestures or yell at other drivers. Everyone on the road is armed with a multi-ton battering ram.
  • If someone is determined to prevent you from merging or entering another lane, don’t fight with them. Just let them get ahead and away from you.
  • If you’re being tailgated, let the individual pass. Slow down to make it easy for them.
  • If someone is trying to harass you by tailgating, don’t speed up to accommodate them. They’ll just get even worse about it.
  • Always turn off your directional after you turn. Not doing so means drivers behind you will ignore it if you turn again.
  • Never go back to your home if you’re being followed by an angry driver. Always go to a public place.
  • If you are hit, call your attorney before you call the insurance company, always.

Many car accident personal injury attorneys see clients who have been wronged and injured because of the negligence of others. While some justice can be served by getting due payment for pain, suffering and sometimes debilitating injuries, avoiding the wreck altogether is always the best move. If you’ve done everything you can, however, and the person still slams into you, make sure that you know, and exercise, your rights. There’s no reason to suffer unjustly.