The more time you spend on the road, the greater chance there is that you’ll come across someone who’s violating the law.

Negligence as a driver comes in many forms, including but not limited to distracted driving, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drowsy driving.

If you spot a negligent driver, you should be glad that you did so before the person caused you trouble. Here’s what you should do:

  • Don’t get too close: Once you realize that someone isn’t driving safely, create distance between your two vehicles. This reduces the risk of an accident. Even if it slows you down, it’s better than taking a risk.
  • Don’t take matters into your own hands: You’re upset at what you’re seeing, so the first thing that comes to mind is getting the person’s attention. This isn’t your responsibility. Yes, you want them to drive safe, but it’s not your place to take control. Doing so puts you at greater risk of an accident, while all but ensuring that the person will become angry.
  • Call 911: This isn’t something you should do every time you spot a negligent driver, but there are times when it’s the right decision. Pull to the side of the road, call 911 and provide the dispatcher with as much information as you have. At a minimum, you should tell them your location, what happened and the make and model of the vehicle. A license plate number can also help police identify the vehicle, should it be necessary.

The unfortunate part of all this is that you can’t spot every negligent driver on the road. After all, you’re focusing on the road and doing your part in staying safe.

If a negligent driver causes an accident, such as someone who rear ends you while you’re stopped at a red light, stay in your vehicle, assess your injuries and call 911 to request medical assistance.

As soon as possible, you should contact your insurance company to file a claim. This puts you on the road to holding the negligent driver responsible and obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.