As our roads have become increasingly congested, aggressive driving is more of a problem than ever. In a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost 90% of respondents felt that aggressive drivers are a somewhat serious or very serious threat to their personal safety. This feeling is backed up by statistics. Aggressive driving injures or kills 1,500 men, women and children in the United States every year.
It is frightening to be the target of an aggressive driver. The following strategies are useful for diffusing a tense situation and keeping yourself and your family safe on the road:
- Get out of the way of an aggressive driver as soon as you can safely do so.
- Avoid challenging the aggressive driver. Do not speed up to prevent him from passing, and do not try to remain in your lane at all costs when he wants to get around you.
- Wear your seat belt to protect yourself during a quick maneuver or in the event of a York car crash.
- Do not make eye contact with an aggressive driver.
- Ignore rude gestures and do not return them.
- Report the aggressive driver to the proper authorities as soon as you can safely do so. Make sure to note the make and model of the vehicle, license plate number, location and direction of travel.
Aggressive drivers cause serious motor vehicle accidents. The best way to stay safe is to avoid conflict and get out of the way as quickly as possible. At Schmidt Kramer, we regularly help clients get the compensation they deserve after being injured by the actions of aggressive, careless or negligent drivers. If you have been severely injured in a car crash, contact a Harrisburg car accident attorney at (888) 476-0807 for a free consultation. You can also download a FREE copy of our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured in an Automobile Accident? for more information.