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Jason Reese

How to Avoid Indiana’s Dangerous Drivers

It seems we hear of more and more stories of aggressive and dangerous drivers wreaking havoc on Indiana roadways. These drivers are often the cause of accidents that result in serious personal injuries and lasting damages and sometimes even death. During the summer months and around holidays, Indiana State Police see an increase in these reckless drivers. Be ready for them with these five tips.

  1. Alert Police of Dangerous Drivers: First, find a safe location to pull over and call 911 to alert the police, and include as much information as possible including the vehicle’s license plate number, make, location and direction they are traveling.
  2. Travel During Less Risky Traffic Patterns: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more fatal crashes occur in the early-morning hours of Saturdays and Sundays than at any other time. Not only did fatalities peak at around 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., but most of those accidents involved dangerous, drunk drivers. 72 percent of the crashes reported happened around 2 a.m. on Saturdays. It’s best to avoid traveling during this time if you don’t need to.
  3. Follow The Rules of The Road: Speed kills and the speed limits posted are for ideal conditions, and the limits apply to all drivers. Slow down when conditions are wet or icy. Use your turn signals. Seat belts are the best defense in a crash so all passengers should be buckled up. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  4. Stay Alert: Stay alert, focused, and drive cautiously. Be an attentive driver and don’t allow yourself to be distracted. Remember to use your mirrors to see what’s going on around your vehicle at all times. Pay attention to road conditions, speed, traffic laws, signs, signals and the cars around you. You must be able to react quickly to hazards and problems. Pull over at a safe place and take a nap if you become uncomfortable driving near a dangerous driver.
  5. Share The Road & Allow For Driving Space: Share the road with other drivers. This may help you avoid traveling too close or be near agitated, dangerous drivers. Leaving room will give you more time to react if something goes wrong. The three- to four-second rule will usually give you enough time to brake.

Sharing the roadway with a dangerous driver can be scary. When encountering these motorists – your job should be to anticipate the worst-case scenario and drive cautiously and try to get away from the erratic, dangerous driver as soon as possible. You don’t want to be part of the crash they are about to have.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of dangerous driver or have been involved in an accident resulting in the death of a loved one, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve and to cover a loss of wages while injured. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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