You, like numerous other Louisiana residents, likely get into your vehicle almost every day and head out on the road without too much thought regarding the dangers of driving. When you first started driving, the hazards and risks of the activity were undoubtedly made known to you in hopes of keeping you safe. While you likely took the advice and warnings of older individuals under consideration at the time, as a now-seasoned driver, you may consider yourself fairly safe on the road.
Though your driving skills and confidence may have improved over the years, you still face a great number of dangers on the road. In particular, impaired drivers could easily put you at risk of involvement in an accident. In hopes of avoiding drunk or otherwise impaired individuals on the road, you may wish to recognize common signs of impairment.
Signs of drunk driving
An abundance of actions and signs could potentially cause you to wonder whether a person behind the wheel of a vehicle may have consumed alcohol or is otherwise impaired. Some of those behaviors could include:
- Swerving in his or her lane or across the road
- Driving more than 10 mph below the speed limit
- Sudden stopping and delayed starting
- Driving with headlights off
- Taking wide turns
- Driving on the shoulder, sidewalks or other areas not designated for driving
- Making illegal driving maneuvers
- Hitting or almost hitting other vehicles or objects
- Driving the wrong way
If you notice any of these actions, you could be looking at a drunk driver. This thought can seem frightening as such an individual could quickly and easily cause a sudden accident, and it could involve you. If possible, stay as far away from the driver as you can or even get off the road. Next, call emergency services and inform them of your concerns. You should not try to take action against the driver yourself or get too close to the vehicle.
Unfortunately, even if you do recognize a potentially impaired driver, you may not have the ability to avoid an accident with that individual. Car crashes caused by drunk drivers often have devastating outcomes, and you may have suffered serious injuries or even lost a loved one as the result of such an incident. If so, you may wish to seek justice and compensation from the driver considered at fault by filing a legal claim.