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FAQ: Distracted and Drunk Driving

 

As we drive around getting through our daily routines, we may go into autopilot mode. We already know the route to our work like the back of our hands, and may start to forget about all the potential dangers of the road. Car accidents happen so frequently, that we may no longer be surprised to hear about another collision that has taken place on the freeway or neighborhood streets. It is important to always be aware of the threats that could await you to help prevent from becoming a victim to a tragic wreck. While you may be driving with care, others may be be drunk, distracted or otherwise being irresponsible behind the wheel.

Here in the article below, we have talked about how distracted and drunk driving are two of the biggest threats to others on the road, in addition to how to seek compensation for a car accident.

How do I know if the driver next to me is drunk?

Drunk drivers are one of the leading contributors to car accidents. Those who get into the driver’s seat while intoxicated, could be greatly putting others on the road in danger. What makes alcohol particularly risky, is that a person may not even realize how drunk they really are due to how this substance can impair the decision making process. If you see a driver maneuvering in an odd manner while on the road, it may be best to call for law enforcement whether this person is drunk or not. Signs that a driver could be drunk are listed as follows:

  • Driver swerves within or across multiple lanes
  • Driver operates the vehicle abnormally slow, or with excess speed
  • Driver tailgates and/or cuts off others
  • Driver suddenly stops or accelerates
  • Driver veers towards oncoming traffic

Why is distracted driving so serious?

In today’s society, distracted driving can be another huge factor in serious car collisions. Distracted driving can lead to critical injuries or even a life-threatening situation. Drivers may become distracted through being on their cell phones, daydreaming, rubbernecking, eating, fidgeting with the radio, smoking or talking with a passenger. Distracted driving is serious because drivers may not even realize their attention has been pulled away from the road. It only takes a second or two for the driver to not realize the light has turned red, a stop sign is up ahead, or that a person has crossed the street.

If I was not at-fault for the car accident, can I seek compensation?

If a driver hit you due to being drunk, distracted or for some other reason, you may be wondering how to seek compensation. You may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the person who hit you for medical bills, loss of wage from missing work to recover, and costs to repair your vehicle. It is not uncommon for innocent drivers who were hit by a reckless driver to meet with an auto accident lawyer Memphis, TN trusts to find out more about their rights.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC for the insight into car accidents and distracted driving.



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