Often, those injured or killed in alcohol-related collisions in Missouri are not just drunk drivers themselves. Other drivers and passengers may also be affected. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk driving accidents in 2012 alone. Many more people were injured in accidents involving drunk drivers during that same year.
At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C, we often speak with people who have experienced such situations. While drivers can protect themselves and their passengers by not drinking and driving, there is no way to guarantee that other motorists are not intoxicated. However, knowing the signs of a drunk driver can help people to further ensure their safety on the roads.
Consuming alcohol, even a small amount, can have a range of effects on the body. As a result of these effects, it may be difficult for people to operate a motor vehicle safely. Some of the most common signs of a drunk driver include the following:
- Swerving across the road or weaving in and out of traffic
- Speeding, or driving excessively slow
- Hitting or almost striking curbs, vehicles and other things on the road
- Braking unnecessarily or unexpectedly
- Making abrupt or illegal turns
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
Additionally, having delayed reactions to traffic signals may indicate that a driver is impaired. Failing to use the appropriate signals for various driving actions and not turning on the vehicle’s headlights at night can also be signs of intoxication.
Identifying drivers that may be under the influence of alcohol can be helpful, but it is not always enough to keep people safe. The best thing for motorists to do if they suspect another driver is drunk is to avoid him or her. They may choose to change lanes, take an alternative route or slow down to let the other driver pass. In some cases, it can also be important to report the suspected drunk driver to law enforcement so they can investigate further. This may help to get intoxicated motorists off of the road before they can cause an accident, which may injure or kill others.
To learn more about the legal options of those who suffer serious injuries in alcohol-related collisions, please visit our drunk driving accidents page.