Drunk Driving During the Holidays
Valentine’s Day is never on the list of deadliest holidays for drunk driving accidents. That doesn’t mean that the risk of DUI related accidents don’t increase during Valentine’s Day, night. People are more likely to enjoy the night with more than one glass of wine at dinner. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) stated in 2011 that drunk driving cost the United States $132 billion dollars a year in damages. In 2016, statistics showed that 27 people die every day in drunk driving crashes.
Avoid the Drunk Driving Dilemma
One can get caught up in the moment with romance in the air over a candle lite dinner. “One more won’t hurt, right?” It isn’t until you’re outside waiting for the valet that you realize that maybe you had one too many. Avoid being in this situation by planning ahead. Avoid a situation where you have to drive intoxicated by booking a hotel, hiring an Uber, staying in, or sustaining from alcohol. Booking a hotel will also save you from having to drive on the road with other suspected drunk drivers.
Spotting a Drunk Driver and What to do
Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year. Knowing how to spot a drunk driver is being proactive about defensive driving. Spotting an intoxicated driver can be fairly easy. Cars swerving all over the road unable to stay in their lane is a common red flag. There are other tell signs of drunk driving:
- Almost crashing into objects like parked cars, going over a curb, or stop signs.
- Erratic braking and accelerating at traffic lights.
- Aggressive tailgating.
- Slow response to traffic and signals.
More obvious signs are when drivers mistakenly drive on the wrong side of the road, or drive off the road completely.
If you see a suspected drunk driver keep your distance from that vehicle. Do not risk trying to speed up to pass or signal the driver. If you feel the driver may be a danger to others make note of the vehicle’s license plate, make, and model of the vehicle. With this information you can call the police to report a suspected drunk driver. Give the authorities the vehicle description, license plate, and location or direction of where the vehicle is heading.
Personal Injury Attorneys and Drunk Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one has been in a car wreck with a drunk driver you should contact a trusted personal injury attorney immediately. Police report that states a driver had a blood alcohol over .08%, or was cited for DUI, can be used as evidence of negligence. It can be used in your claim to recovery compensation for your medical expenses and damages.
Davis Law Firm is here 24/7 to listen to your case. Our team of legal representatives offer free consultation at no risk to you. Jeff Davis is the San Antonio Lawyer that is there 4 you, so contact us today!