Preventing typical car accident injuries involving drunk drivers—which run the gamut from minor bruises to mortal wounds—comes down to two ideas: protecting yourself, and protecting the driver from him or herself.
Protect Yourself! Always …
- Wear your seat belt.
- Keep a clear distance between you and other cars. In other words, don’t tailgate, and refrain from the temptation to play chicken or give in to road rage.
- Watch other drivers for erratic behavior such as:
– Making too-wide turns
– Overusing the brake pedal
– Speeding up and slowing down for no reason
– Weaving in and out of their lane
– Failing to signal or turn on headlights
- Stay off secondary roads, especially after midnight on weekends. Use four-lane, divided highways whenever possible. Drunk drivers try to avoid law enforcement by taking lonelier, narrower two-lane back roads. Major highways lessen the risk of side impacts at intersections or head-on collisions with someone who’s drifted across the centerline.
- Slow down and pull over to let a drunk driver pass—never try to pass them—and call the police.
Protect the Driver—And the General Public
Many states now have laws that place some of the blame for typical car accident injuries from a drunk driving accident on the person who provided the alcohol. How can you keep from being “that person” who enabled the drunk driver?
If you’re hosting a party with alcohol:
- Confiscate every guest’s car keys at the door.
- In each carload, make sure there’s one designated driver.
- Keep a taxi or car service on speed dial.
- Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the party is scheduled to end.
- Do whatever it takes to keep a drunk guest from driving off in a car. Snag their keys, get a friend to back you up, call a cab, or offer a place to sleep it off.
- If all else fails, be prepared to call the police. It’s better to risk the friendship than risk the lives of others on the road.
Prevention of typical car accident injuries from drunk drivers is always the best course, but if you wind up involved in a wreck and alcohol was involved, give our experienced car accident and personal injury attorneys a call.