It only takes one drunk driver to cause an accident that injures or kills one or more people on the road. While you may understand the importance of sober driving, others oftentimes make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Knowing how to recognize a drunk driver can help keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

If you know how to spot a drunk driver, you can avoid this person at all costs. Conversely, there is less of a chance you will be involved in an accident. Learning to recognize the signs of a drunk driver can be especially helpful on certain nights of the year, like the night before Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve.

Here are five ways to spot a potential drunk driver:

  • Tailgating: Drivers who are under the influence are less likely to maintain safe distances between vehicles.
  • Swerving: Drinking affects the equilibrium, which can lead to swerving in and out of lanes.
  • Drifting from one lane to another: Rather than swerving in and out, drunk drivers may slowly shift between lanes.
  • Quick starting and stopping: Slower reaction times due to alcohol can also lead to quick starting and stopping times following a red light or stop sign.
  • Driving without headlights at night: Drivers who are intoxicated may forget to use their headlights.

If you notice somebody doing one or all of the above, there is a chance he or she is drunk. It is no guarantee, but it is best to keep your distance. It is also a good idea to notify the local police. They will often come out and investigate the driver. Reporting the potential drunk driver is important not only for your safety but also for theirs and other drivers on the road.

Take note of the vehicle’s make and model, as well as its color. Be sure to notify the police of the vehicle’s location, including specific roads. This will help them find them easier.

If you are involved in a car accident and you believe that the other driver may be intoxicated, it is important to report the accident immediately. Even if the damages are minimal, reporting the accident will keep them off the road and causing a worse car accident. If possible, avoid interacting with the driver or accusing them of drinking and driving.

Injured in a Drunk Driving Car Accident?

In the event that you are injured by a drunk driver, you must know your rights. You could be in a position to collect compensation for damages. These damages may be important to your recovery, including medical bills and lost wages. If you were in a bad car accident, it is also likely that your vehicle experienced damages.

Contact us to learn more about your legal rights and the steps you should take.