According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were more than 7,800 alcohol-related auto accidents in 2014 alone. As a result of such accidents, the drunk drivers themselves, you or the occupants in your vehicle may suffer serious injuries or death. At the Klein Law Group, P.C., we are often asked how people can avoid drunk driving collisions. In this post, we will discuss how to spot potential drunk drivers, which may help ensure their safety on the roads.
The effects that alcohol can have on the human body may make it difficult for drivers to focus and safely operate vehicles. Consequently, drivers who are under the influence often drive erratically. Some of the most common signs that a driver is under the influence include the following:
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Swerving across the road
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failing to use the appropriate driving signals
- Neglecting to turn on the vehicle’s headlights at night
- Having delayed reactions to traffic signals
Due to their lack of control and focus, some drunk drivers may also hit, or come close to hitting, vehicles and other objects on the road. Additionally, they may brake unexpectedly or unnecessarily due to judgment and visual impairments.
While it can be helpful to identify potential drunk drivers, that is not necessarily enough to keep you and your passengers safe. If you suspect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, it is advisable for you to avoid him or her. Thus, you may choose to change lanes to put a greater distance between your vehicle and the possible intoxicated motorist. Additionally, you may choose to slow down to let the other driver pass, or choose to take an alternative route. Furthermore, it may also be important to report suspected intoxicated motorists to the authorities. This may allow them to investigate further, which may help to get drunk drivers off of the road before they can cause serious auto accidents.
For more information about alcohol-related collisions, please visit our auto accidents page.