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Can you spot a drunk driver on the road?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | Car accidents

The world would be a much safer place if each of us could recognize danger before it leads to tragedy. Unfortunately, no one has a supernatural awareness of dangerous situations, especially on the nation’s numerous roads.

Despite the mounting penalties associated with driving under the influence, people continue to drive while drunk. Alcohol-involved accident rates in Missouri are high. For example, in 2018, 240 lives were lost in alcohol-involved car accidents in our state.

The signs of a drunk driver

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, has much to say about driving while intoxicated. The organization strives to prevent injuries and fatalities that occur because of intoxication.

One of the ways it accomplishes its goals is by teaching people how to recognize when someone may be under the influence while driving. Signs can include:

  • Accelerating or decelerating in quick bursts
  • Weaving and drifting across lanes
  • Driving too slowly
  • Nearly striking objects like vehicles and curbs
  • Erratic braking or stopping for no reason
  • Responding too slowly to traffic signs or signals
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Following other vehicles too closely (tailgating)

If you see any of the behaviors discussed above, it is wise to slow down and stay clear of the other automobile. You may also choose to call the police and report the apparent drunk motorist.

If it is too late and you or a loved one has suffered injury or death because of a drunk driver, consider learning about injury compensation laws in Missouri and Illinois. Your case may qualify you for substantial compensation for the harm you have suffered.