Some drivers put safety above all else, while others simply do what they want and hope for the best.

Unfortunately, it’s these unsafe driver who have the potential to cause a serious accident.

Sharing the road with an erratic driver is sure to raise your blood pressure. Erratic driving comes in many forms, from excessive speeding to abrupt braking to swerving into and out of the lanes of traffic.

Should you spot an erratic driver, here are some of the steps you can take to prevent trouble:

  • Don’t engage them: If someone is driving erratically, there’s a good chance they’re under the influence, in a hurry or simply mad at the world. Regardless of the cause, engaging the driver, such as by yelling at them, increases the risk of a run-in.
  • Keep your distance: There’s no better way to avoid trouble than this. Rather than drive in close proximity, hit the brakes and lay back while the driver goes up the road ahead. If that’s not an option, you can always opt for an alternate route. The goal is to create space between your vehicles.
  • Call 911 for help: You won’t do this every time you spot an erratic driver, but there are times when it makes sense. For instance, if their driving is a hazard to others, pull to safety, call 911 and explain the situation. The dispatcher can contact local police, who will then visit the area in an attempt to find the driver.

In a perfect world, every driver would follow the rules of the road and be courteous and respectful of others. But in the real world, this will never hold true. There are always people who drive erratically and violate the law, all without regard for others.

If one of these negligent drivers causes an accident, forget about them for the time being. Your attention should now turn to your injuries and how to receive treatment.

Once your health is in order and you have a treatment plan for all your injuries, it’s time to turn your focus to the accident. This means taking steps to protect your legal rights and obtain compensation for your damages.

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