The end of the year and the beginning of the new year are both horrible times on the roads. In fact, there are so many different functions going on where people are encouraged to have a few drinks that the odds of being hit by a drunk driver are much higher. Here are three things you can do to help lessen your chances of being hit by a drunk driver. These three things all have to do with remaining aware of your situation on the road and of noticing when somebody is probably drunk.
Watch for Swerves
It’s not terribly difficult to drive in a straight line but, when drunk drivers reach corners, they oftentimes work a bit. This is because they have a hard time judging distance and their timing is off from being drunk. If you see someone driving in a jerky fashion when they come near a corner, give them some extra room, they just may have had a few too many to drink.
Watch for Odd Stop and Go Driving
One of the ways that drunk drivers injure people is by stopping in the middle of lanes when it’s completely unexpected. If you see a driver who keeps stopping and going with no apparent reason behind either action, be sure to give them some extra room. This is one of the surefire signs that they’ve had too much to drink and decided to get behind the wheel anyway. Remember to never get too close to these drivers from behind, as they may slam on the brakes at any given time.
In a major city like Dallas, it’s pretty easy to take off out of your driveway without realizing that your headlights are off. In fact, there are enough streetlights around that you can usually see pretty well without your headlights. When you see this, however, take it as a sign that the driver behind the wheel may be drunk. Sure, they may be a perfectly sober driver who simply forgot to flip on their headlights and who hasn’t noticed because of the bright city lights, but they may also have forgotten to turn on their headlights because they’re too drunk to be behind the wheel safely.
A car accident attorney can represent you against a drunk driver who caused you harm or property damage. Speak with a lawyer about your options as far as filing a lawsuit is concerned.