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How to Spot a Dangerous Driver and Avoid a Car Accident

A lot of the time, those who are involved in a car accident don’t see it coming, or at least they don’t see it coming until it’s too late. But there are many times when erratic and dangerous drivers will make themselves known to others around them and it’s important to know the signs to be on the lookout for.

Swerving Can Lead to a Car Accident

The most obvious sign of a dangerous driver is an inability to control their car or stay in their lane. Often these drivers are drunk or in some other way inebriated. In 2015 over 10,000 people died in car accidents caused by drunk driving, which is nearly 1/3 of all car accident-related deaths in the U.S.

Car Accident

If a car has trouble staying in their lane, do what you can to avoid them. Either slow down to allow them to stay well in front of you or get by them if you can do so safely. If they are being a clear danger to those around them, call the local police and alert them to the situation.


We’ve all been there: you’re driving down the highway and you see someone coming up fast behind you. They switch lanes and fly past you at an excessive speed. If you hadn’t been looking in your rear view mirror and had decided to get in that lane yourself, how hard would it have been for them to slow and avoid ramming into the back of your car?

Drivers who speed greatly reduce their reaction time. When the weather is bad this problem becomes exponentially worse. People driving at excessive speeds should be avoided on the road.

Distracted Drivers

If a driver is swerving or going slower than all the other traffic on the road, they could very well be inebriated; but they could also be distracted. When we drive we usually keep our eyes on the road, but we often catch a glimpse in slowed traffic situations to see what some drivers around us are up to. If you see someone on their phone or eating or swinging their head around to talk to someone in the back of the car – especially while the vehicle is moving – they are someone to be avoided if at all possible.


Again, we’ve all been there: you look at your rearview mirror to see another vehicle as close as they can get to being in your trunk. They are riding your bumper, making it much harder for them to stop if you need to stop. We instinctively want to get away from these people because even being hit at a low speed will damage your car, lead to possible injuries and entail the long process of calling the police, cataloging the scene and exchanging insurance information.

Besides, most people just don’t want someone in what they consider their personal space, whether it be your person or our vehicle.

If you do get into a car accident however, contact the experienced accident attorneys at Fetterman and Associates for a free evaluation.

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