You’re on your way home from the company Christmas party. You had a great time, even as the designated driver. You sipped on a soda, munched on some appetizers, while your coworkers stuck to beer and liquor. They sing along to Christmas music as, one by one, you drop them off at their corresponding homes. That’s when an SUV drifts into your lane. You react quickly, swerving out of its path and onto the shoulder. Your head flies forward and your neck feels a shooting pain from the abrupt stop. You check your rearview mirror and see the other SUV in the ditch.
The police arrive and take the driver away in handcuffs. Turns out, he was drunk. The ambulances come and take you and your passengers to the closest hospital. Your neck is still throbbing as they place a cervical collar. It is important to hire legal representation when involved in an accident involving a drunk driver, resulting in injuries.
If you encounter a suspected drunk driver on the road, the DMV.org states that it is important to report them. Call 911 and provide the location, the make and model of the car, and the license plate when possible. Do not confront the driver. When someone is under the influence of alcohol they can grow violent.
Identifying a drunk driver, before an incident occurs, can save lives. Here are some signs to look for. If you see anyone exhibiting these signs, call 911 immediately.
- Drifting into another lane or onto the shoulder
- Improper turn signal usage
- Excessive weaving or tailgating
- Frequent or erratic braking
- Near collisions with other cars or objects (curb, median, construction cones, etc.)
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving 10 MPH or more below the posted speed limit
- Driving without headlights at night
- Slow/erratic response to traffic signals
Driving a car while drunk is irresponsible. Unfortunately, we can only control our own actions and educate others on the dangers of drunk driving. By identifying a drunk driver, reporting them, and always driving with caution we can lower our risk of being injured in a drunk driving crash. It is important that you and your passengers all wear seatbelts and drive safely this holiday season.
If you or someone you know is injured or killed in a crash involving a negligent drunk driver, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to represent your case.
The Morrissey Law Firm, PC, is located in Springfield, Missouri, and focuses in personal injury and wrongful death trial work. If you need a personal injury or wrongful death attorney, please visit our website or call (417) 887-0529 to schedule a consultation.