The beginning of a new year means the start of new goals and positive changes for a lot of people in Ohio. The last thing anyone wants during the first month of a new year is to suffer an injury or lose a loved one in an accident, but unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are common occurrences even after the holiday festivities are done. Hopefully, the beginning of your new year will be safe and full of happy memories rather than an abrupt, tragic ending.
Signs of intoxication
Impaired drivers kill thousands of people across the country every year, and the colder months can be a popular time for them to be on the road. Some people still have the winter months off while others may be going to the bar more often to get over their post-holiday blues. The winter months also one of the darkest times of the year, so it can be difficult for drivers to see other vehicles whether they are sober or not.
Whether you are driving home from work or going to the gym to commit to your New Year’s resolution, you might encounter another driver who is intoxicated. You may want to steer clear if you see a driver performing the following actions:
- Weaving, swerving through traffic or crossing the lines
- Driving much slower or faster than the speed limit
- Almost hitting other vehicles or objects while driving
- Braking without warning or reason
- Having no headlights on at night
In addition to alcohol intoxication, the above behaviors may signal a driver who is on drugs, fatigued, angry or distracted. Your best chance of keeping yourself safe from a driver showing signs of impairment is to keep your distance. You should be doing this more in the winter months as it is because of the unpredictable weather and slippery roads that are affecting other drivers.
What to do when you spot a drunk driver
If the motorist consistently makes mistakes and appears to be a danger on the road, call 911 and prepare to tell the dispatcher about the vehicle’s license plate number, model and color, as well as the road and direction the driver is going. You might save someone else’s life, in addition to your own.
Unfortunately, drunk drivers can be unpredictable and may end up hitting you before you have the chance to do anything. You may be eligible for compensation if a drunk or negligent driver injures you during the winter months and should seek legal assistance to ensure that you get as much coverage as you can.