Talking to a dangerous driver to avoid road traffic accidents
If you find yourself in a car with a dangerous driver then the most important thing for you is your own safety. You need to either get out of the car as soon as possible and report the driver to the police, or if you are unable to get out of the car you will need to talk to the driver to try to get them to calm down and drive more responsibly. It will take different tactics to get different types of dangerous driver to pull over and stop, or to drive more sensibly, and here are some tips for talking to these drivers to keep yourself safe.
- Involve the police. If you are stuck in a car which is driving dangerously you should threaten the driver with calling the police. If they still refuse to slow down or let you out of the car, use your phone to call the police and let them know where you are. This should cause the driver to stop or slow down.
- Calm them down. Sometimes a driver will drive dangerously or recklessly because they are upset or angry and this is a natural reaction. Talk calmly to the driver about the issue and ask them to pull over so that you can talk more in depth about the problem.
- Stop a drunk driver getting behind the wheel. A drunk driver is always a dangerous driver even if they think they are in control. If you think that a person has been drinking then you must stop them from getting into the car in the first place. Take their keys if you must, and keep them on you until a replacement driver can be found.
- Let them know you are concerned for your safety. A driver may drive recklessly if they don’t know that they are frightening you. Make it very clear that you are nervous and that you want the car to stop.
Making a claim for Cheltenham road traffic accidents
If you are involved in Cheltenham road traffic accidents which have been caused by a dangerous driver, you should be able to claim compensation for your injuries. To make a compensation claim for any Cheltenham road traffic accidents, you need to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer, who can work on a 100% no win no fee basis to get you the compensation you deserve.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team about making a compensation claim, and talk to them more about when Cheltenham road traffic accidents entitle you to a claim. You are under no obligation to proceed with a claim after this conversation, but if you do decide to move forward you will work with a lawyer who can work on your behalf, meaning that you shouldn’t have to go to court.
Date Published: 10th August 2014
Author: David Brown