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Precautions needed when reporting intoxicated drivers

Have you ever been on the road when you encountered another motorist whose driving seemed erratic or even out of control? Often intoxicated drivers will engage in such dangerous acts as speeding, driving too slowly and weaving in and out of lanes. Sometimes an impaired motorist may even run red lights or drive against traffic.

Obviously, this sort of behavior creates grave dangers for other motorists, pedestrians as well as the intoxicated driver. When you encounter such a situation, you have every reason to be concerned for your safety. But you don't have to simply let the menacing driver remain on the road. You can, if you wish, contact the authorities and inform them of the situation.

If you do choose to act on a desire to have the driver pulled over, it is imperative that you make your safety and the safety of your passengers a priority. This means that you want to keep as much distance as you can between yourself and the other vehicle. You don't want to interact with the other driver or attempt to get him or her to pull off the road as doing this could lead to a collision.

But you do want to get as much information about the vehicle as possible. This includes its color, model, make and license plate number. Take note of the direction in which the vehicle is traveling as well as the road it is on and any cross streets. Then find a safe spot to pull over and call 911. Give the operator all the information you have.

Hopefully, the police will respond to your request for assistance and will be able to get the driver off the road safely before a serious accident takes place. Unfortunately, sometimes a drunk or impaired driver can appear seemingly out of nowhere, leaving others no time to react and causing a collision.

If you or a family member are ever injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you likely will need money to cover medical costs and a host of other expenses. A Pennsylvania personal injury attorney may be able to help you get appropriate compensation so you can begin to rebuild your life.

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