People who are driving while impaired put others on the road at risk of being involved in a serious crash.
Naturally, you can avoid contributing to the problem by never driving while impaired — but what can you do about other drivers? For the most part, the best way to protect yourself and your family is by practicing defensive driving. You have to keep your eyes peeled for the signs that a driver is likely under the influence of alcohol, drugs or another mind-altering substance.
What are the signs that a driver could be drugged or drunk?
While the signs of impaired driving can vary, there are a few that are common. These include:
- Stopping for no reason
- Driving without headlights when the lighting is needed
- Swerving between lanes
- Straddling the yellow line
- Hitting or nearly hitting objects on the side of the road
- Failing to obey the traffic signals or signs
- Driving too fast or too slow for the current conditions
If you notice that a driver seems to be impaired, do your best to stay away from their vehicle. If it is safe to do so, you should stop your car and contact the police. Or, you can have a passenger in your vehicle call while you’re in motion.
What should you do if you’re hit by a drunk driver?
Anyone who’s the victim of a drunk driving crash might choose to seek compensation for the financial damages they suffer. These may include the medical care costs, as well as the wages they were unable to earn due to their injuries. There are time limits for filing these cases, so be sure to get our claim filed as quickly as possible after the wreck.