Holiday festivities mean that people will consume alcohol. Many individuals recognize that they don’t need to drive after having alcohol, so they use alternative transportation. The motorists who try to drive home after drinking put others on the road at risk.
While you’re out this holiday season, you should watch for signs of drunk drivers. If possible, try to avoid driving near those vehicles so you can minimize your chance of getting hit by the impaired driver.
If it’s safe to do so, you can contact the police to alert them to the impaired driver. Try to get the make, model, color and license plate of the vehicle but only do this if you can do so without putting yourself in danger. The police will also need to know what road you’re on and where you are on the road, so pay attention to mile markers or cross streets.
What are signs that a driver is impaired?
There are many signs that a driver is drunk. Some of the more common include:
- Swerving around the roadway
- Straddling the center line
- Stopping without cause, including in the middle of the road
- Driving through stop signs or traffic lights
- Failing to use turn signals
You can drive as safely as possible, but that’s no guarantee that a drunk driver won’t slam into you. If a drunk driver strikes you, be sure you get the medical care you need — and then consider finding out more about what it takes to pursue a claim for fair compensation. You shouldn’t have to bear the financial consequences of another driver’s mistakes.