Aggressive driving is a problem that seems to have increased as our roads become more and more congested. According to a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation, nearly 90 percent of those surveyed felt that aggressive drivers are a threat to their personal safety. Crash data substantiates this feeling—statistics show that aggressive driving injures or kills 1,500 men, women, and children every year in the United States.
It is frightening as well as dangerous to be the target of an aggressive driver. Following are some strategies you can use to diffuse a tense situation and keep yourself and your family out of harm’s way on Pennsylvania roads:
- Wear your seat belt every time you get in the car to protect yourself in the event of a Philadelphia car wreck.
- Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
- Ignore rude gestures made by an aggressive driver and do not make any of your own.
- Get out of the way of an aggressive driver as soon as you can safely do so.
- Do not speed up to prevent an aggressive driver from passing you or remain in your lane to prevent the aggressive driver from getting around you.
- Report the aggressive driver to police as soon as it is safe to do so. Note the license plate number, vehicle make and model, last known location, and direction of travel.
It is a fact that aggressive driving causes serious motor vehicle crashes. By remaining calm, getting out of the way, and avoiding conflict, you can help keep yourself and your family safe from the actions of aggressive drivers. At Mednick, Mezyk, and Kredo, we regularly help clients who have been seriously hurt by careless, negligent, or aggressive drivers get the compensation they are due. If you need legal help, contact a Philadelphia car crash lawyer at 888-807-9675 for a free case evaluation.