Many people spend time together over the holidays. The gatherings often include meals and drinks, and unfortunately, some may try to drive home after being overserved. Accidents caused by drunk drivers are extremely common this time of year.
If you’re already recovering from injuries caused in a crash, you’re likely extra cautious as you get back behind the wheel, which is wise – especially this time of year. The best way to avoid being the victim of a drunk or impaired driver is to be aware of the signs and stay as far away as possible.
Beware of these behaviors
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there are a number of signs that a driver is under the influence. These include:
- Weaving between lanes or off the road
- Stopping for no reason
- Driving too slowly for the area
- Changing speeds for no apparent reason
- Using turn signals incorrectly or for no reason
- Nearly striking vehicles or objects
- Driving without headlights when they’re necessary
- Making sudden stops or turns
- Driving in the wrong direction
Many wrong-way drivers are impaired, and a large percentage of wrong-way crashes are fatal. You should always call 911 as soon as you can safely do so to report a driver headed in the wrong direction or otherwise driving dangerously. Whatever the reason, they’re endangering others and themselves.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a crash caused by another driver, it’s crucial to make sure you get the compensation you need for all of your expenses and damages. With experienced legal guidance, you can help ensure that you don’t settle for less than you deserve.