One way that you may be able to reduce your odds of being injured in a car accident is if you can spot potential hazards in advance and then keep your distance. If you see an aggressive driver, for example, you want to be as far from that car as you possibly can. This is someone who has a high chance of causing a crash, and you can use your defensive driving skills to make sure that you’re not the one who gets involved in it.
For this to work, you certainly need to know what to look for, so consider the potential signs of an aggressive driver.
Many aggressive drivers simply want to be going faster than you are, and they will tailgate you as a sign of frustration. They may be looking for a way to pass, but most are actually just trying to show you that they want you to speed up. They’re hoping that you will either increase your speed or get out of the way. They’re also putting you in significant danger because they can cause a rear-end accident if you have to stop or slow down for any reason.
Running red lights
Aggressive drivers will often attempt to get through yellow lights, rather than slowing down when the light turns yellow. They will speed up and try to see if they can get through before it turns red. A lot of accidents involving red light runners are actually people who were trying to get through on the yellow. If you see someone do this, and they are an overly aggressive driver and you don’t want to be near them.
Weaving between lanes
If you’re on the interstate, one sure sign of an aggressive driver is someone who keeps switching back and forth between lanes. Sometimes they pass on the left; other times they pass on the right. It’s clear that they are willing to dart through traffic in any way that they can to try to move faster, and it’s only a matter of time before they lose control or misjudge one of these merges so that they hit another vehicle. If possible, you want to let them go by whenever you get the chance.
What if you get hit?
Understanding which other drivers to avoid can help you reduce your odds of an accident, but you could still be injured when one of them hit you. If you are, then you may deserve financial compensation.