Let’s begin with the good news: from 1982, when record keeping on the subject began, to the present day, the rate of alcohol impaired driving fatalities in the United States has dropped roughly 65%. A multitude of different safety agencies currently sponsor national drunk driving prevention and awareness campaigns, and many other facets of our society are now doing their part to curb the number of unnecessary road deaths. The results speak for themselves; a 65% reduction in fatalities is something we can all be proud of. However, we would be remiss to think that we are out of the woods just yet.
Despite all of our progress, drunk driving remains one of the most common causes of death and injury on our roads. Nearly 30 people continue to die in car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver every day in the United States, and the number of people who suffer serious injuries as a result of these accidents is far greater. All together, drunk drivers alone account for nearly 1/3rd of all traffic deaths every single year. The worst part – every one of these accidents are completely preventable.
As Chicago car accident lawyers, one of the most frustrating aspects of our job is knowing that no matter how cautious and responsible a person is behind the wheel, they cannot control the actions of others on the road. In this way, one negligent individual can cause a whole lot of damage to the lives of people who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. For this reason, our attorneys have compiled a list of signs and signals that will familiarize you with behaviors commonly associated with drunk drivers:
According to the criteria used by law enforcement officials, the following behaviors may indicate that a fellow driver on the road is intoxicated:
➢ Making wide and/or sudden turns ➢ Swerving, weaving, drifting, or straddling two lanes ➢ Driving abnormally slow ➢ Frequent or erratic braking
➢ Stopping or drastically slowing down without provocation ➢ Delayed reaction to outside stimuli, such as traffic signals, other drivers, or pedestrians
While being aware of these indicators can’t completely eliminate your chances of getting into a car accident, it can significantly decrease the likelihood of a crash, and in cases were an accident is unavoidable, this knowledge could go a long way in terms of mitigating injuries and damage. Drive safe!