Jim Adler | The Tough, Smart Lawyer
By Jim Adler September 7, 2015

Drunk driving is rampant on roads in Texas and in the United States as a whole, but safe drivers have ways to deal with drunk drivers and save their own lives along with those of other motorists.

How Bad is Drunk Driving?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10,000 Americans were killed in drunken driving-related crashes in 2013, or nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities. The yearly cost of such calamities is $59 billion.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reports that Texas has the second highest number of total DUI (driving under the influence) arrests, and Texas is the 10th worst state for drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people.

Yet for every fatal crash involving drunk drivers, there are many more negligent drivers on our roadways putting innocent motorists at risk. Safe drivers must be alert to these risks and respond appropriately.

Signs of Drunk Driving

One way to enhance your own safety on the road is to be alert to signs of drunk driving. Common signs of drunk driving include:

  • Stopping in a lane for no apparent reason
  • Erratic decreases or increases in speed
  • Straddling lines between lanes for an extended time
  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Almost hitting other vehicles, curbs or other objects
  • Slow responses when approaching stop lights or stop signs

Along with those reasons, the San Antonio Express-News advises that other signs of drunk driving include driving the wrong way, a common cause of fatality accidents, especially on freeways.

The DUI Foundation also cites indicators of drunk driving as:

  • Driving off the road
  • Driving with windows rolled down in cold weather
  • Braking excessively
  • Passing recklessly
  • Making very wide turns
  • Not using headlights at night
  • Not using windshield wipers in the rain

What to Do Around Drunk Drivers

Upon observing a possible drunk driver, give that driver as much room as possible, or perhaps pull over and stop.

Then consider phoning 911 to give authorities a description of the vehicle (make, model, color and license plate) and its location and direction, but do not compromise your safety trying to ascertain all of this information. It also helps to describe the nature of the signs that the driver is drunk.

Consider this a civic duty. Reporting drunk drivers to authorities can be instrumental in saving lives — and such reports should include friends and colleagues whom you know are driving drunk. You may make the report anonymously — and you may save your friend’s life.

Drunk Driving Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, notify the drunk driving accident attorneys at Jim Adler & Associates. Your family may be legally entitled to substantial economic recovery for your losses.

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