3 signs of a drunk driver and how to protect yourself

On Behalf of | May 18, 2023 | Firm News |

One of the biggest causes of auto accidents is drunk driving. Despite all the warnings out there, people still insist on getting behind the wheel after they’ve had a few – often to disastrous results.

Some drivers may be able to prevent drunk driving accidents by watching for a few signs as they travel. These include:

1. Swerving

Drunk drivers may struggle to stay within their lane. This may happen because alcohol can impair a driver’s vision and blur the lines in front of them. 

This can be dangerous for two reasons. First, on a two-lane, the drunk driver could swerve and drive toward oncoming traffic. Two, on a four or six-lane road, the drunk driver could swerve and hit passing cars.

If you notice a driver is swerving and believe they are drunk, then you should consider carefully passing them or staying behind them until they leave the road or take an exit.

2. Sudden stopping

Some drunk drivers may be overly cautious about their driving. As a result, they may frequently stop their car even when there’s no reason for it. If a drunk driver suddenly and unexpectedly stops their car, they may end up causing vehicles behind them to suddenly stop and cause a collision. 

If it appears that a driver is drunk and has frequently stopped without cause, then you may need to consider keeping your distance from the vehicle until you can pass them.

3. Speeding

Many drunk drivers have a habit of speeding. This may happen because alcohol lowers the ability to make sound and safe driving decisions. Drivers who speed have less control over their vehicle and may have the ability to stop before an accident.

If you notice a driver is steadily getting closer behind you, then you may need to consider switching lanes or finding an exit. If you can let the driver pass you, you could increase your chances of avoiding a serious accident. 

You may be in an auto accident that you couldn’t prevent. If so, learn about your legal options when seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.