Unfortunately, a lot of people routinely violate drunk driving laws. There are far too many times that a Dallas car accident involves a driver who was severely impaired by alcohol. In some cases, drunk drivers will be pretty obvious. In others, you’ll have to really pay attention to what they’re doing before you realize that you’re in a dangerous situation. Whenever you’re close to a drunk driver on the road, you are in danger.
A drunk driver will usually show some characteristic habits that give them away. They’re the things that police look for when they’re patrolling the road. They include:
- Driving in the wrong lane
- Driving on the center lane
- Driving without headlights
- Sudden stopping and going
- Driving very slow
Unfortunately, any one of these things has the potential to cause a devastating accident. Because of this, you have to be careful when you run into these drivers. The first step in staying safe is not to crowd them.
Only pass a drunk driver if you absolutely have to. If you can avoid it, let them stay well ahead of you. They’re likely to jam on the brakes or swerve at any time, putting you in danger. Drunks tend to veer towards whatever they’re looking at and, if they’re staring at your car as you pass them, it may cause a very serious accident.
You cannot predict the future actions of a drunk driver by watching what they’re doing. They’re not in control of their vehicles. Don’t try to estimate a good time to pass them if they’re being very erratic. They can change direction, stop or accelerate at any time and for no real reason.
While these drivers can sometimes cause anyone dealing with the dangers they pose to get very angry, remember that it’s not your job to run down drunk drivers and detain them. It is advisable, however, to call the police on your cell phone and report them. There is a very real chance that they could kill themselves or someone else.
If a drunk driver hurts or kills someone in a car wreck, they’re liable. A car accident attorney in Texas can help you prepare a lawsuit against such drivers. There’s no way to guarantee that you’ll win, but anyone whose recklessness causes injury or death may well be subject to paying compensation.
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