As you drive down the road, you may notice that things aren’t quite right with another driver. While there are many potential reasons for this, it’s always possible that they could be under the influence of alcohol, drugs and/or prescription medication.
Here are some of the most common signs that a person is driving while intoxicated:
- Weaving: When a person is drunk, they often find it difficult to keep their vehicle between the lane lines. Instead, they slowly weave in and out of their lane of travel.
- Driving extremely slowly: Drunk drivers who realize they’re intoxicated may slow down in an attempt to maintain their safety. But when they do this, they actually increase the risk of an accident.
- Striking an object: This can include everything from a moving vehicle to a stationary vehicle to a traffic sign.
- Erratic braking: For example, if a driver grabs their brakes time after time for no reason, they may be drunk.
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street: Not only is this a common sign of intoxication, but it’s also one of the most dangerous things a driver can do. It has the potential to cause a serious head-on collision.
Even if you’re skilled at spotting drunk drivers, you could still be part of an accident. For instance, a drunk driver could run a red light as you travel through an intersection, never giving you a chance to avoid trouble.
If you’re injured in a drunk driving accident, don’t wait to learn more about your legal rights, as you may be able to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and other damages.