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What to do in the presence of an aggressive driver

| Apr 19, 2021 | Injuries |

At some point, you will likely share an Arizona road with an aggressive driver. There is a good chance that this person will test your ability to stay calm and not stoop to his or her level. However, there are several strategies that you can employ to keep your cool and prevent a stressful situation from escalating.

Try to change lanes

If you notice another car is following yours too closely, it may be in your best interest to change lanes. This will give that motorist an opportunity to get by you without incident. In the event that you can’t change lanes, it may be a good idea to pull your car to the side of the road. If the other driver pulls his or her vehicle over as well, it’s generally in your best interest to call the police.

Don’t make eye contact with an aggressive driver

Making eye contact with an angry individual may be seen as a challenge, which may further enrage a person who is already acting in an irrational manner. Ideally, you’ll simply keep your eyes on the road until the other vehicle is no longer in your vicinity.

Don’t use your vehicle to retaliate

It’s generally not a good idea to flash your lights, honk your horn or take other aggressive actions in response to aggressive actions by other motorists. Furthermore, you shouldn’t attempt to use your vehicle to damage another car or truck in retaliation for a perceived slight. Generally speaking, drivers who operate their vehicles in a reckless manner are considered to be at fault for any motor vehicle accidents that they cause. Therefore, the best way to retaliate against an irresponsible motorist may be to contact an attorney.

An attorney may be able to help you obtain a financial award from a negligent driver. Your representative may use witness statements, driver statements or other evidence to show that the defendant was acting recklessly when an accident took place. Your financial award may be obtained through a negotiated settlement or at the conclusion of a trial.