Did you know that in the week from Christmas to New Year’s, drunk driving accidents increase and result in an average of 300+ fatal accidents each year? These numbers show just how severe drunk driving accidents can be, and those impacted should know their rights.
We want drivers to be safe for the holidays, so we’ll explain some of the signs to look for to avoid a drunk driver. We will also detail what rights you have in the event you suffer harm because of a drunk driver.
Signs of a Drunk Driver
Your safety is imperative, which means you must be aware at all times on the road. Looking out for drunk drivers is always something you should do, but with potentially more on the roads during the holidays, you must be extra vigilant behind the wheel.
Here are some of the common signs of drunk driving you should look out for:
- Drivers swerving in and out of lanes
- Drivers braking when no vehicle is in front of them
- Drivers speeding well above the posted speed limits or too fast for conditions
- Drivers without their headlights on at night
Drunk drivers are also out later at night when they’re leaving the bar, restaurant, or social party. Make sure you watch for these signs and avoid any driver you feel could be a danger to you and your passengers.
What to Do If You’re Struck By a Drunk Driver
First, you must be careful if you’re in an accident with a drunk driver. You never know how an intoxicated person will react. Approach the situation with caution, but make sure you gather as much information as you can. It’s vital to call local law enforcement if you suspect the other driver is drunk.
Drunk driving is negligence. You have the right to hold that driver responsible for your damages, and you can file a claim to pursue the compensation and justice you deserve. It’s vital to work with legal counsel who knows how to handle your situation with care and experience.
At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, our Austin car accident attorneys are here for you every step of the way. We go above and beyond for you in your biggest time of need. You can trust in our advocacy, and you can rely on us to be your partners in all legal matters moving forward.
Call our firm today at (512) 400-3278 to discuss your situation.