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How should you deal with a wrong-way driver?

On the roads of Ohio, one of the most dangerous situations you can find yourself in occurs when drivers come at you from the wrong direction. Wrong-way drivers can not only cause massive panic in those around them, but frequently contribute to deadly car crashes. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to avoid being involved in these.

ABC13 News states what drivers like you should do when you're facing a wrong-way driver, with the first and foremost priority being to get off of the road. Though moving to the emergency lane is fine if you have nowhere else to go, it's suggested that you move off of the road entirely, even onto the grass if need be. After you're safely out of the way, you can then call police.

Instinctive reactions like honking the horn or flashing your lights are discouraged because it takes up precious seconds that could be used getting out of the way instead. Chances are that someone who is distracted enough to drive down the wrong side of the road in the first place won't notice headlights or a honking horn until it's too late.

As for preventative measures, it's suggested that you scan the horizon constantly and vigilantly for any sign of wrong-way drivers. During the night, you will likely be able to pick out their headlights before they get close enough to be dangerous. During the day you may be able to spot the car more easily. 

In either case, if you have been faced with a scenario like this or have actually been hit by a wrong-way driver, you may wish to know what your compensation options are. Contacting an attorney could be a next step for you to take.

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