Reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents in Florida
Florida highways are often dangerous places. Whether you commute to and from work every day or only venture out to run errands or for social occasions, you’ve likely been in a situation or two where you narrowly escaped a collision. One of the greatest menaces to motor vehicle travel is drunk driving. A nearby driver’s irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content level that exceeds the legal driving limit places his or her own life, as well as yours, at risk.
As a cautious and alert driver, you sometimes might notice another motorist driving in an erratic or reckless manner. Certain situations should be red flag warnings that the driver in a particular vehicle might be intoxicated. If you can pull off the road or distance yourself from the vehicle, you have a good chance of avoiding a collision. That’s not always possible, however, which is why it’s a good idea to know what to do if an accident occurs.
Motorist behavior that is suspect for drunk driving
Intoxicated drivers often hunch toward the edge of the driver’s seat, appearing as though they’re trying to get their faces as close to their windshields as possible. They also tend to hold a tight grip on their steering wheels. These behaviors are signs that a driver might be acting under the influence of alcohol as are those included in the following list:
- Veering left or right in a traffic lane
- Driving at night without using headlights
- Traveling at speeds over or far under posted speed limits
- Driving too close to a curb or parked vehicles
- Clipping a curb when rounding a bend
- Taking a turn far too widely
- Stopping at green lights
- Drifting into oncoming traffic
- Driving with tires on both sides of a center, yellow line
If you are always on the lookout for suspicious driving behavior, you reduce your chances of being involved in a collision. That does not guarantee that you’ll never be in an accident. Drunk driving accidents often happen quite suddenly, so even if you’re alert and adhering to all traffic and safety regulations, another driver’s negligence can cause disaster in an instant.
Knowing what to do after a drunk driving accident
Police, rescue workers and other service providers are committed to helping you get the care you need if you suffer an injury in a collision. You may also need the help of your loved ones during recovery. Beyond that, the emotional trauma of the situation may prompt you to seek licensed counseling or to join a community support group for catastrophic accident survivors. Many recovering victims also meet with experienced injury law attorneys to discuss options for seeking restitution.
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