Being followed can be frightening under any circumstance, but especially when you’re driving alone. It’s important to know how to handle such a situation before you’re faced with it.
Here are four things you should do if you’re being followed on the road:
#1 - Remain calm.
Panicking never improves any situation, so it’s important to remember to stay calm. Don’t jump to conclusions before verifying that you are indeed being followed.
#2 - Try to confirm that you are being followed.
If you’re on the highway, change lanes to see if the driver behind you simply wants to pass. If the driver stays with you, get back over into your original lane again. Most people don’t typically change lanes that frequently, so if the driver stays behind you, there’s a good chance you’re being followed.
If you’re on the street, make four immediate right turns. You’ll eventually end up where you were when you made the first turn. This is extremely peculiar behavior, so if the driver is still behind you after the fourth turn, it is likely you are being followed.
#3 - Drive to a public place.
Police and fire departments can be good places to go if someone is following you. Fire departments can be a better option because there are almost always lots of people around who can help.
If you don’t know where the nearest police or fire department is located, any public place with lots of people will do. Be sure to park in a well-lit, populated area. At this point, your stalker may flee. If not, try to find a security guard or go into a store and ask an employee to help you get away from your stalker.
#4 - Call the police.
If you feel like your safety is threatened, contact the police right away. Try to provide the most accurate description of your stalker as possible and try to take note of the car they were driving as well as the license plate. Tell the police when you noticed you were being followed and provide as many details as you can.
It’s normal to feel frightened when you’re being followed. The last thing you want is to get into a car accident as a result. If you’ve been injured in a crash through no fault of your own, you may be owed compensation. Our team wants to see that you recover it.
Give our Kent personal injury attorney at Dore Law Group, PLLC a call today at (253) 236-3888 to discuss your case.