Saturday, April 20, 2019

What To Do When You See A Drunk Driver On The Road

What To Do When You See A Drunk Driver On The Road


Drunk drivers are one of the greatest threats to public safety and life in today’s world. Drunk driving accidents claim several thousands of lives every year, and a majority of those lives are innocent.

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Signs of Drunk Drivers

  • Drunk drivers are seldom able to properly stay inside a single lane. You may see a drunk driver driving in between lanes, drifting across the road at an angle,  or weaving aimlessly in and out of the lane. They will also be seen driving on the wrong side of the road or driving on the shoulder.
  • The car will make very wide turns.
  • Drunk drivers have extremely poor reaction times, and as a result they will commonly be seen nearly colliding into other objects or cars. This pattern, eventually, usually ends with the drunk driver actually colliding into something or someone else. If you see a car repeatedly almost hitting things, it’s a pretty clear sign that this driver is drunk.
  • Drunk drivers usually don’t remember to turn the headlights on.
  • We usually think of drunk drivers as speed demons, recklessly weaving through traffic. While this is sometimes true, drunk drivers sometimes also drive incredibly slow—more than 10 miles below the speed limit. A sober driver wouldn’t behave this way, so a very slowly moving car could mean a drunk driver.
  • Drunk drivers often fixate on things, especially lights. This comes into play when the drunk driver sees the tail lights of another car. The drunk driver will be seen following that car very closely, tailgating it, and copying its lane changes, turns, and sometimes speeds.
  • Drunk drivers often leave signals on that are obviously irrelevant and inconsistent with what they are doing.
  • Drunk drivers also randomly brake. Sometimes they’ll just be jerking their car around with their erratic braking patterns, other times they’ll be stopped at inappropriate places, like green lights, empty crosswalks or just the middle of the road.
  • Because of their slowed reaction times, drunk drivers are typically poor at responding to traffic signals. For instance, they will be much less than effective at stopping their car (either suddenly stopped or stopped too late), and they will be slow to go again once the light has turned green.
  • The most obvious indication of drunk driving is if you have a view of the driver, and he or she is visibly intoxicated. The driver might be leaning forward against the steering wheel, or the driver’s eyes might seem fixated on something unnaturally. If you see them clearly just drinking alcohol while driving, that’s also a good hint.

If a car on the road is showing any or a combination of these signs there is a good chance that the driver is drunk. You are not responsible for validating that information, however, so if you have your suspicions, just do the following things to try to keep yourself and everyone else safe, even if you aren’t 100% sure that the other driver is drunk.

What to Do

  • Stay a safe distance away from the suspected drunk driver if you are behind the drunk driver..
  • Get out of the way and keep your awareness of your surroundings high. Drunk drivers act in unexpected and unreasonable ways, so you must do your best to keep out of the way so that he or she cannot affect you.
  • Make sure that you are wearing your safety belt, and check that any other passengers in your car also have their safety belts on as well.
  • Do not try to pass the car.
  • Don’t follow the car too closely, because the car could suddenly stop, randomly in the middle of the road.
  • Don’t speed, run traffic lights, or break any other traffic laws in an attempt to keep up with or follow the driver. It is dangerous and reckless of yourself to do so.
  • Do not try to stop the drunk driver’s car or confront the driver. This is not your responsibility, and you would be putting your life at risk.
  • Stop and pull over if you can so that you can call the police.
  • Call the police and report suspected drunk driving. Describe what you witnessed and where the car is headed. If you were able to have a passenger write down information such as the color, make, model, license plate or other distinguishable features of the car, convey this information to the police as well to help their process of finding this individual.

Drunk driving is dangerous and it is not looked upon or treated kindly by the law. It is irresponsible and there is no excuse for such an act. Drunk driving causes serious accidents that can change innocent people’s lives forever, as well as their family’s lives. If you are injured by a drunk driver, it is important to seek retribution and justice immediately with a strong and experienced personal injury lawyer.

Olivia Lin is a blogger for The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson, a personal injury law firm based in Dallas, Texas. She believes that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and is strongly passionate about bringing irresponsible drivers who hurt others to justice.

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Distracted Driver Accidents: Why They Are On The Rise

Distracted Driver Accidents: Why They Are On The Rise


Distracted driving occurs when a person is engaged in driving while engaged in any activity that takes their attention off the road. For example, talking on a cell phone, PDA or other device without a headset, texting, reading, eating or any other activity. Ever since the advent and popularity of mobile devices, distracted driving has been on the rise.

 Common Types of Distracted Driving

Distractions while driving can occur either visually, manually or on a cognitive basis. Visual distraction is described as anything that averts a person’s eyes from the road, while manual distractions involve removing hands from the wheel. Cognitive distractions can involve virtually anything that takes the driver’s attention away from driving. Whether you ask a Nevada patrol officer or local New Hampshire injury attorneys, they will both suggest that by far, the most common form of distracted driving has involved the use of a mobile device. However, distracted driving behaviors can run the gamut. From cell phones to eating and drinking, some people almost behave as though they are in a casual home environment. Rather than considering the fact that they are operating a large machine capable of killing themselves and others, they irresponsibly allow their attention to drift off.

 Distracted Driving Causes

There are just as many causes for distracted driving as there are activities themselves. For example, someone who is running late may be anxious and therefore drive sloppily or haphazardly. In that case, lack of time management is most likely the cause behind this particular form of distracted driving.

Those who look away at a cell phone, PDA, radio or other mobile device is someone who is not thinking much about the consequences of their actions. Perhaps they failed to prepare for their trip and now must get more information or notify someone that they will be late.

Avoiding Distracted Driving

Some of the ways to avoid distracted driving might include:

1. Time Management. Always consider how long it will take to reach a destination and then add plenty of time to that schedule. In many towns, the roads are very unpredictable, so having extra time will allow you to be more relaxed, and therefore, less prone to becoming agitated or nervous.

2. Be organized. Prepare for your trip with addresses and directions ahead of time. GPS devices are great, but they are not always reliable. Therefore, have a solid idea of how to get from place to place ahead of time.

3. Create a safe environment in the car. Have your radio presets at the ready. Play relaxing music rather than anything that is too loud or demanding to listen to. Keep your cell phone out of reach or in the glove compartment.

4. Adopt safer driving habits. If you need to make a call, pull over. That is the best way to avoid distractions. If you must talk while driving, use a headset at all times. Consider getting a device that plugs into the dashboard like the radio to make safer phone calls. Eat a snack beforehand so that you are not compelled to eat while driving.

While the dangers of distracted driving continue to receive increased attention – the only way that it will ever become less prevalent is if people become more aware of how to avoid it. For example, those people who are accountable and punctual tend to be less hurried and therefore, more relaxed.

It is expected that as more public outcry and stringent legislation is passed, more people will take the dangers of distracted driving as seriously as possible and act more responsibly while driving on the road.

However, much like drunk driving – distracted driving will never completely cease. Therefore, anyone who is involved in such an unfortunate incident should contact a competent attorney to ensure that their rights are fully represented and that damages and costs are minimized as much as possible.

Being the accident victim of a distracted driver helps freelance writer, Nadine Swayne, remind drivers to stay alert. At the law offices of Tenn And Tenn, PA, their staff of New Hampshire injury attorneys can help you with your case if you’ve been in an accident due to a distracted driver. They have a proven track record for holding negligent drivers accountable and will fight to get you and your loved ones the fair compensation deserved.

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