There are always risks when driving on the road, but one of the most dangerous risks comes from drunk drivers. A study in 2017 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that someone is injured in an accident by a drunk driver every two minutes. Drinking while driving reduces reaction times, impairs hand-eye coordination, and reduces concentration, all of which are necessary when driving. At The Dinelli Law Firm, we represent victims of drunk driving accidents in Albuquerque to get the justice they deserve and the compensation they need. While driving on the roads, here are some tips to avoid drunk drivers.
What to Look For
One way to avoid drunk drivers is to be aware of other drivers on the road and how they are behaving. If you notice any unusual behavior such as drifting into other lanes, frequent changes in speed, driving at an unusually low speed, and overall poor judgment, then there is a chance that they are driving while intoxicated. Make sure to avoid drivers that are displaying erratic behavior and change your route if possible.
How to Stay Safe From Drunk Drivers
While there are ways to identify a drunk driver, the signs may not always be clear. There are proactive steps that you can take to minimize the risk of encountering a drunk driver or to increase your own safety. Wearing your seatbelt is key, as it can help prevent serious injuries or even fatalities by wearing it. You should also refrain from any distractions while driving, whether that be checking your phone or anything else that takes your attention away from the road. Use extra caution at intersections, as a drunk driver may not respond to changes in traffic signals. If you are driving on a 4-lane road or larger, drive on the right side of the road to avoid any potential drunk drivers going over the median and hitting oncoming traffic. If possible, try to avoid driving late at night, as this time involves the most accidents with drunk drivers.
If you or someone you know has been in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact The Dinelli Law Firm. Our friendly and responsive team has the experience you’re looking for to get the best outcome for your case. Call us at (505) 582-2157 to speak with us today, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation!