How Can I Detect And Avoid Drunk Drivers?

A Sarasota Injury Lawyer Explains

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that close to 10,000 people die every year in automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers. Over the same period of time, there were an estimated 112 million different instances of someone drinking too much and getting behind the wheel. The sad truth is that despite the heavy legal penalties and possibility of causing serious injuries to another motorist, many people still choose to drive intoxicated.

While you can’t control the actions of other drivers, you can take steps to identify vehicles whose drivers may have irresponsibly gotten on the road. Diligence can help you and your loved ones avoid suffering catastrophic injuries due to the fault of a drunk driver.

Detecting and Avoiding Drunk Drivers

Most drunk driving accidents happen at night and are especially frequent on the weekends. However, automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers can occur at anytime of the day. When you’re on the road, watch for vehicles that:

  • Weave erratically in and out of lanes
  • Drift
  • Swerve around turns or obstacles
  • Make unnecessarily wide turns
  • Drive at an excessively high or unusually low speed
  • Don’t have the headlights on at night or in dark conditions
  • Drive into oncoming traffic
  • Randomly stop for no apparent reason
  • Fail to signal for turns or lane changes
  • Stop abruptly or jerkily
  • Have “near misses” with other vehicles on the road

In Florida, generally, all bars must close at 2 a.m.—except for cities and counties that have passed exemptions to the law, for example bars in Pinellas County can stay open until 3 a.m. If you find yourself on the road at this time, especially on a weekend, you may need to be particularly vigilant in watching for dangerous vehicles. Nothing gets drunk drivers on the road faster than last call.

If you suspect a vehicle is being operated by an intoxicated person, try to put as much distance between yourself and it as possible. You should also call 911 and let them know of the situation—even if the person isn’t drunk, their behavior is putting lives at risk.

Drunk Driving Injuries

Drunk drivers often drive at high speeds, making the accidents they cause particularly dangerous. They can cause a person to suffer:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Organ puncture
  • Vision loss
  • Death

Vigilance and caution can help protect you from the effects of a drunk driving crash, but if you should suffer one, help is available from a Sarasota injury attorney. If you’ve been hurt by a drunk driver,contact our office for a professional evaluation of your situation. Through legal action, you may be able to win compensation for your pain, suffering and medical expenses.

Categories: Auto Accidents