May Be More Than Just a Fender Bender
bumps your car from behind, be advised it might be more than
just a fender bender. It could be the prelude to something much
there has been an uptick in robberies and car jackings
that begin as innocent-seeming minor accidents. A car bumps into
you, you stop, get out to see what happened and become a
victim of more than just someone elses poor driving. See here
for a recent example.
What to do?
Most of all,
pay attention to your gut. If something feels wrong, it may
in fact be wrong.
things start out as very light love taps just
enough to get your attention and get you to stop/get out
of your car. A significant impact is usually just an accident. Thugs
want to steal your car, not wreck your car.
also dont usually happen in broad daylight, in the middle
of the day, with lots of other cars and potential witnesses
around. If you get bumped in stop-and-go traffic, its
probably just what it looks like another driver who wasnt
paying attention. Probably, its ok except for the hassle
and damage to your vehicle.
But if you
are out late at night, and the only car on the road and you
find someone tailgating you who wont pass, even when
you wave them by be on guard. Especially if the other car
contains a group of younger men.
If, in such
a situation, the other driver taps your car with his, it might be
a good idea to keep on driving with your blinkers on, at
a reduced speed, thereby clearly conveying your intention to stop
eventually. When it is safe. Call 911. Tell the operator
the situation. Explain that you are driving to the nearest police
station or at least, wll-lighted, well-traveled public space
and that you will stop there and wait for the police.
If the other
driver is not up to something fishy, hell probably just follow
you and you can let the cops sort it out. But if the other
driver is up to something, hell probably do one of two things:
Hell either cut bait and leave or hell get really
aggressive and possibly try to cut you off or run you off
the road. If the other driver gets aggressive, call the police
and do not stop/pull over under any circumstances. Dont
let the other car get in front of you, if possible. Because if he
does, hell have an easier time of forcing you to stop. Try
not to let him get beside you, either so he cant run
you off the road. Drive as quickly as you feel you can and still
maintain control of the car flashing your lights and honking
your horn all the way. Make a scene. Attract attention. If a thug
is on your tail, this is the last thing he will want. Get to a populated
and lighted area. If the guys a creep, hes
going to split as soon as you get there.
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