Among the most dangerous elements you will encounter while on the road is a drunk driver. Unfortunately, even if you are a responsible driver who never drives under the influence, you are not exempt from being involved in an auto accident caused by alcohol-impaired driving. Alarming as this may sound, there are some tips you can follow to help protect you from intoxicated drivers.
How to Defend Yourself From Drunk Drivers
1. Buckle Up
There is only so much you can do when faced with a drunk driver who is unable to control their vehicle. Time and again, reports have shown that seat belts are a lifesaver in many road mishaps. A seat belt significantly reduces the likelihood that an auto accident will lead to severe injuries or a fatal outcome. No matter how short your drive is, never forget to put on your seat belt.
2. Be Extra Cautious at Intersections
Even though accidents can happen at any time of the day, be especially wary when driving at night. Intersections are particularly dangerous because intoxicated drivers tend to ignore traffic signs. Always look both ways when driving through an intersection, even if you have a green light. Never assume that other motorists will follow the rules of the road.
3. Keep Your Distance
Stay far away from cars that exhibit erratic behavior. There is a higher chance of encountering a drunk driver at night because it’s the time when most people are likely to drink. When you stay back from a potentially drunk driver, you will have more time to react should they suddenly swerve into your lane. Call the police, if you can, to report the incident and help get an irresponsible driver off of the road.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident because of a drunk driver, contact The Law Office of Christopher J. Swatosh in Ava and Ozark, MO, to represent you. The determined attorney has more than 20 years of experience in his field and is well-versed in criminal, personal injury, bankruptcy, and family law. He will aggressively fight for your rights and provide expert legal advice to help you with your issues. Call (417) 683-2987 to schedule an appointment today.