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Signs that a driver near you might be drunk

You've probably seen an intoxicated motorist on a California highway more than once in your life. In fact, you may even have been involved in a collision because of someone's poor choice to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. Such accidents happen throughout the nation every day and many people suffer because of others' negligence. Some have been able to avoid drunk driving crashes because they knew ahead of time what to look for to recognize a potential problem on the road.

People whose blood alcohol content levels are above the legal limit for driving often exhibit certain types of behavior. Being able to recognize vehicles maneuvering in ways that suggest possible operator intoxication may mean the difference between arriving at your destination safely and suffering injury in a motor vehicle accident.

Steer clear if you see any of these things

You can never be 100 percent certain that a motorist in your vicinity is acting under the influence of alcohol. However, the following list contains things you might see that definitely suggest the possibility:

  • Driver can't seem to choose a lane: Have you ever witnessed a vehicle that just sort of straddles the center line of traffic on a highway? You keep waiting for it to move all the way into the left or right lane but it just seems to keep hovering over the line. This is a sign that the motorist might be intoxicated.
  • Brake lights keep coming on at random times: Another red flag that suggests drunk driving is when a motorist keeps randomly applying brakes in such a way that doesn't coincide with the current traffic flow.
  • No lights in the dark: Drunk drivers often forget to turn on their headlights when they get behind the wheel after dusk.
  • Incorrect turn signals: If you notice a vehicle signaling a right turn and then makes a left turn, it's a sign that something isn't right. The motorist might be distracted or acting under the influence of alcohol.
  • Driving way too slow: Driving at excessive speeds places travelers at risk for accidents, but so does driving far under the posted speed limit. You might be witnessing a DUI in progress if you see a car moving much slower than the rest of the cars in the area.
  • Vehicle in wrong lane: This is a traffic emergency situation that is also often a sign of a drunk driver.

It's best to try to avoid any vehicle causing you concern, provided you can do so safely. Authorities often get calls from motorists who have pulled off exits, into parking lots or onto the shoulders of nearby roads to report possible drunk drivers on the highway. Staying alert and cautious when you drive increases your chances of avoiding a collision; however, it's also good to know that help is available if you do get involved in an accident and suspect drunk driving is the cause.

One way many people have recovered their losses after suffering injury in drunk driving accidents is by filing personal injury claims in civil court. This process allows recovering victims to list all damages associated with particular incidents in the hope of obtaining compensation to offset expenses related to their injuries.

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