Consuming alcohol prior to operating a motor vehicle dramatically increases that driver’s chances of being involved in an accident. Reduced depth perception, impaired judgment, and a slower response time makes a drunk driver a menace to himself and everyone else on the road.
Every year, nearly 10,000 people die in automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers. Over the same amount of time, there are an estimated 112 million instances of an impaired driver getting behind the wheel. While most drunk driving accidents occur at night, and on weekends, they can happen anytime someone makes the bad decision to drink and drive.
You can help keep yourself safe by never driving after drinking. You can also keep yourself safe by learning to recognize impaired drivers on the road. How can you recognize impaired drivers when you are on the road? There are some telltale signs. Some of these signs include a vehicle:
Recognizing these signs is an important step in protecting yourself and avoiding being hit by a drunk driver.
Avoid passing a driver who is behaving this way. If the driver veers out of their lane, you could be struck. If an alternate route is available, choose it to stay safe. Otherwise, your best option is to pull onto the shoulder and allow the swerving vehicle to get as far in front of you as possible.
If the vehicle behind you is driving erratically, pull off the road as far as you can. Allow the vehicle to get a considerable lead before proceeding. Again, if an alternate route is available to you, taking it could be your safest option.
If the vehicle in the approaching lane of traffic is swerving, allow them as much space as possible. Move to the outside lane if you can. If a driveway or turn-off is available, take it immediately to remove yourself from danger.
Once you are safely out of the way, notify the police as soon as you can to report the suspected drunk driver. Your call could save an innocent life.
Making smart decisions and being cautious when you’re driving will help keep you safe from drunk drivers. If, however, a drunk driver injures you, legal remedies exist to compensate you for your losses.
If a drunk driver injures you or someone you love, it is important to know that the law is on your side. You have a legal right to seek compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Unfortunately, without an experienced Denver DUI accident lawyer on your side, you risk receiving a low-ball settlement offer. This may leave you without the money you need to fully recover. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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