What to do if you spot a reckless driver

Even if you take great pride in driving safely, you never know when you'll be sharing the road with a reckless driver.

If you spot a reckless driver, there are several key steps to take:

  • Move out of the way: The more distance between you and the reckless driver, the better chance you have of avoiding trouble. For example, if this person is following you closely on the highway, move to the far right lane and let them pass.
  • Don't take matters into your own hands: There's never a good time to act as a police officer. You shouldn't yell at the reckless driver, use hand signals or attempt to pull them to the side of the road.
  • Call 911: If you see someone driving recklessly, call 911 and explain what's happening. Provide as much information as possible, such as your location, make and model of the vehicle, color of the vehicle and license plate number. You should only call 911 if the person is acting dangerously.

There will be times when you're driving, and a reckless driver appears out of nowhere. Your safety is job No. 1. From there, consider if it makes sense to call 911, so police can respond to the scene.

If you're injured in a car accident with a reckless driver, move to safety and immediately call 911. Don't get out of your car and confront the person, as they may act in an aggressive manner.

Once you receive treatment for your injuries, contact your car insurance agent and learn more about your legal rights for obtaining compensation.

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