5 Tips on Staying Safe around an Aggressive and Negligent Driver (Part B)

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group

Tip #3: No Tailgating! 

Tailgating is a huge no-no in this situation. Following someone too closely angers even the calmest drivers, so tailgating an aggressive driver is just asking for trouble. Keep a good distance between you and the driver; typical rules say two car lengths, but in this case, it may be best to extend that to three or four just for safety. 

Tip #4: Avoid Hand Gestures and Eye Contact 

This one should be obvious. Don’t make obscene hand gestures at an aggressive driver. In fact, don’t make hand gestures at all. Even if you’re just waving, it could be perceived as something different from a distance. Don’t take that chance. Try to avoid eye contact as an aggressive or negligent driver could see this as a challenge or threat. 

Tip #5: Report Them 

When you spot aggressive drivers, ask a passenger to make note of the vehicle’s make, license plate and general location and have the passenger call the local highway patrol. Chances are, in their anger, they’re likely to make a few traffic violations. An officer called to the area will be able to stop them. This will not only keep you and your passengers safe, but it will help protect others on the road from aggressive drivers as well. Who knows, it may even discourage them from driving in the same manner again. 

Contact a Lewis County Personal Injury Lawyer 

If you were hit by an aggressive or negligent driver, it’s important to file a claim immediately. The statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits is two years, so you only have a limited amount of time in which to file. Call 304-326-1800 or 888-436-0859 to speak with at the Miley Legal Group about your options today. 

Want more information on filing a claim against a negligent driver? See our article “The 7 Biggest Mistakes that can Wreck your West Virginia Car Accident Claim.”