Signs that a Driver Might be Impaired

Car Accidents Dan - September 23, 2020
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Intoxicated drivers are highly dangerous on our roads, but do you know how to tell when a driver might be impaired? This is important to both prevent accidents and to know your rights in the event that an impaired driver injures you. 

Intoxicated driving – whether it involves alcohol or drugs – is strictly prohibited by the laws of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. While every single driver should be well-aware that impaired driving is illegal and highly dangerous, there are still many people who choose to drive while they are intoxicated, and they often cause serious injuries or tragic fatalities to others. 

It is always preferable to avoid drunk driving accidents whenever possible, though even the most careful and vigilant drivers can still be involved in these crashes. Drunk or drugged drivers should be held fully accountable for their actions, and this requires presenting evidence of their intoxication. If you believe that an impaired driver injured you or a family member, speak with a car accident attorney you can trust for free right away. 

Common Signs of Intoxicated Driving

Some impaired drivers operate their vehicles so erratically that it is clear that something is not right. However, others might make smaller mistakes that are not always as obvious. These include:

  • Failing to signal for turns
  • Having a blinker on long after a turn or lane change
  • Driving under the speed limit
  • Driving too fast or other reckless behaviors
  • Hesitating at stop signs or when a light turns green
  • Making wrong turns or U-turns

Some of these are more apparent than others. If you see a driver making unusual moves on the road, it is important to steer clear of that driver and call the authorities to report the driver. This helps to protect you, as well as others on the road from a collision with that potentially intoxicated driver. 

After a Crash

Knowing the cause of a car accident is essential to knowing your rights to compensation, so it is always important to look for signs that the driver who hit you was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That being said, it is not a good idea to confront a driver about their intoxication. This might lead to violence on their part, or they might even speed away from the scene of the accident. 

Observations might include:

  • Stumbling
  • Slurred speech
  • Odor of alcohol or marijuana
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Visible alcohol containers in their vehicle

Always call 911, so that police officers respond to the scene. If they suspect that the other driver is impaired, they can follow protocol to arrest that driver, who can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). A DUI conviction can significantly help prove your injury claim, so it is important to have police evaluate the situation right after the crash. 

Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys for Assistance and Advice

At Blackburn & Green, our car accident lawyers are ready to fight for the rights of drunk driving victims. We know how to hold impaired drivers responsible for the harm they caused, and we can evaluate your rights. Please contact us today for more information and a free consultation. 

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