Far too many auto accidents occur in the Atlanta and Decatur areas each year and quite often they’re the result of driver errors. Along with drunk driving and distracted driving, aggressive driving is among the most dangerous behaviors to engage in. Unfortunately, everyone driving near an aggressive driver is at risk of a serious car crash. If you do become involved in a crash despite taking precautions, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer promptly.
Give Aggressive Drivers a Wide Berth
The safest way to deal with aggressive drivers is to get out of their way as soon as you are able to do so. If you have more than one lane available to you, move into the right-hand lane. If traffic is blocking your access to this lane, put on your right-hand turn signal to let the aggressive driver know that you intend to let him or her pass you as soon as possible. Sometimes, no other lane is available. In this case, you may need to turn into a parking lot or pull over to the shoulder to let the aggressive driver pass you.
Remain Calm and Avoid Retaliatory Actions
Even if you survive your encounter with an aggressive driver , you may still be at risk of becoming involved in a crash. Since aggressive driving can be contagious, auto accidents can occur long after an aggressive driver has sped off. Stop yourself from adopting aggressive behaviors behind the wheel by reminding yourself to stay calm and take some deep breaths. If the aggressive driver is still in your proximity, avoid making eye contact with him or her. Do not use offensive gestures, avoid yelling, and avoid honking your horn unless you’re in imminent danger of a car crash.
Consider Calling Your Local Police Department
Aggressive drivers often take their frustrations out on multiple drivers. If you’ve pulled over to let the other driver pass you, consider calling your local police department to report the dangerous behavior. It’s definitely a good idea to call the authorities if you suspect that the driver may have been intoxicated as well as enraged.
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