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How to spot reckless drivers and avoid an accident

When you drive, you expect other motorists to be safe. While you know not all drivers are skilled or polite, you generally assume you will not encounter anyone dangerous. Unfortunately, reckless drivers are out there and may cause you to get into a collision with their hazardous behavior.

Reckless driving means driving without regard to the safety of others. Thankfully, you can reduce your chances of being in a reckless driving crash with the following tips.

Causes and warning signs of reckless driving collisions

First, it is helpful to know what causes such accidents. These wrecks happen because of one or more bad decisions by the negligent motorist, such as:

  • Excessively speeding
  • Running through stop signs and red lights
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to use turn signals when turning or changing lanes
  • Driving while distracted
  • Making illegal turns

These behaviors present red flags that you are dealing with a careless driver.

How to prevent and avoid an accident

Stay alert whenever you drive so you can notice any potentially dangerous drivers. If you notice a motorist speeding or tailgating, get out of the way by moving over lanes or exiting the highway. You should also report dangerous drivers to local police whenever possible. Additionally, you can give yourself some extra time to reach your destinations so you do not feel like you need to keep driving near a dangerous individual.

Of course, you should always wear your seatbelt, too. You cannot always prevent an accident, but a seatbelt will help prevent injuries if a reckless person crashes into you. At the end of the day, being a conscious, aware and defensive motorist is the best way to protect yourself from inattentive drivers.

What to do after a reckless driving accident

If you are in a collision involving a reckless driver, make sure you get medical help and pursue compensation. You may be able to get your expenses covered by filing an insurance claim or entering into a personal injury lawsuit.