Whether you're an experienced driver or have only had your license a year or two, you've probably done your best to keep yourself and all your passengers as safe as possible when navigating Maryland roadways. You just never can tell when a reckless or otherwise negligent driver will suddenly come upon you on the highway. Such situations can be extremely disconcerting. Hopefully, if it happens to you, you'll be able to think quickly and react safely to avoid collision.
Many problematic travel incidents involve drunk drivers. In fact, as a motorist or pedestrian, you must be alert and on the lookout for people behind the wheel who don't appear to be acting appropriately to the task. It's important to know how to spot a drunk driver and what to do next.
Common signals that a driver might be intoxicated
Have you ever seen a car weaving left and right within its lane? Well, then, you may have spotted a drunk driver. A vehicle swaying this way and that while moving in a forward direction is often a clear sign that a driver is acting under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The following list shows other signs related to drunk driving:
- Any vehicle traveling at a speed that does not coincide with its current surrounding traffic pattern should alert you to a possible drunk driver.
- If the driver in front of you repeatedly applies brakes at inopportune moments, it's another sign that something is not right.
- Sudden acceleration and deceleration is a red flag to possible intoxication as well.
This list is not extensive but provides basic knowledge regarding how to spot a driver who has been drinking alcohol. The question is: Once you do witness a possible drunk driver, what do you do about it?
Reacting to the situation:
While it might be easy to ignore a potential problem situation, it might not be the best decision if personal and community safety are priorities of yours. You might consider taking the following steps, however:
- Put distance between you and the vehicle in question.
- Take note of the model, make and registration number of the car, as well as its license plate.
- Safely pull off the road and call the emergency phone number.
Reporting possible drunk drivers helps police, it helps you and it helps anyone and everyone traveling through Maryland. Calling in a report may save one or more lives, perhaps even your own. If you're unable to avoid collision and suffer injury in the process, it's good to know that support and assistance is available.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can walk you through the process of filing a claim against any party deemed responsible for your accident.