Most of us drive every day – often several times per day. Work, school, church, vacations, sports, errands… driving is so common that we take our ability to drive to our destinations for granted. However, the unfortunate reality is that car accidents can occur in an instant and potentially cause serious (even life-threatening) consequences. If the driver of the other vehicle is intoxicated or buzzed, the likelihood of serious damage or injury significantly increases.
Recognizing A Drunk Driver
Driving under the influence is a serious crime, but nevertheless many intoxicated individuals get behind the wheel every single day. Our car accident attorneys in Lebanon MO are here to help keep you safe by offering these tips and tricks for recognizing a drunk driver on the road.
Here are a few common signs that the operator of a motor vehicle is driving under the influence:
- Drfiting in an out of traffic lanes
- Sudden acceleration and deceleration
- Jerky, sudden turns
- Over-correction when steering
- Slow or delayed response to traffic signals
- Straddling lane markers
- Driving slowly (often 10 mph below the speed limit or less)
- Neglecting to turn on the headlights at night
- Almost colliding with vehicles or other objects
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
If you believe you have identified a drunk driver, your first priority should always be to keep yourself and your passengers safe. Leave several car lengths between you and the intoxicated driver so you can have time to react to their sudden, erratic movements. You should also call the police and inform them you that you may have identified a drunk driver. If you can do so without compromising your own safety, we recommend obtaining the vehicle’s license number, make, model, and color, as this information will help the police officers identify the vehicle/driver in question.
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