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Be on the lookout for dangerous driving

If you are a licensed driver, then you know that safety behind the wheel is about more than just your habits and your ability to follow the traffic signs adequately. It is also about your ability to see hazards coming and to navigate around them safely. That can mean seeing when there is likely going to be a hazard in the roadway, such as an animal or a moving object, but it can also mean developing a keen sense for when the patterns of a situation point to the possibility of trouble. This includes being able to tell when other drivers might be engaged in dangerous behavior, such as drinking and driving.

Common signs of a drunk driver

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has provided a comprehensive list of behaviors that indicate a drunk driver. Here are the most common signs you should be able to spot while driving:

  • Swerving or zigzagging across the road
  • Failure to signal
  • Abrupt speed changes for no apparent reason
  • Straddling lane markers, especially the center lane marker
  • Illegal turns
  • Driving into oncoming traffic

The first three or four are the most common, but none of these signs should be ruled out, because even one of these behaviors is incredibly dangerous, and intoxicated people often make inexplicable decisions.

Reporting Drunk Drivers

There are mixed opinions when it comes to reporting drunk drivers. Most advocates representing accident victims, including organizations like MADD, encourage it. They recommend stopping your vehicle, calling 911, and reporting the vehicle make, model, color, and license number if you can. Other resources caution more situational awareness, with one former police chief making a strong case that you should only report when you are sure that doing so will not force you to remain in a dangerous situation.

If you are hurt in an accident

Sometimes when other people drive dangerously, you just do not see it coming. Under those circumstances, you will likely need some help exercising your legal rights. The law allows for those who are hurt in accidents caused by others to recover damages to take care of medical expenses, lost wages, and other accident-related costs. Finding out whether or not you have a case means going in for a consultation that takes the full facts of your situation into account.

If you have been injured in an accident, do not wait. Contact an attorney as soon as you can so that you can determine if there are options available to help you cover the costs of the accident.

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