For you, driving may be a task that you cannot avoid. Like most people, you may have to drive yourself to work, run errands or attend to any number of other duties throughout your day. As a result, you likely spend more time on the road than your realize. This also means that you may face more risks on a daily basis than you think.

One of the major hazards that you could come across while on the road is a drunk driver. Unfortunately, these individuals plague all roads, and you have likely come across one without even knowing it. Fortunately, you have avoided being involved in an accident with an impaired driver so far, but the risk is always out there.

Signs of a drunk driver

While you may have been lucky so far to avoid a DUI-related accident, you may want to increase your safety by understanding common signs that could point to an impaired driver. Some of those signs include the following:

  • Driving too close to other vehicles
  • Braking suddenly or without reason
  • Leaning close to the windshield
  • Driving in both lanes of traffic or with tires on the center line
  • Swerving
  • Traveling under the speed limit
  • Making illegal turns or other illegal maneuvers
  • Not turning on headlights after dark
  • Delaying responses to traffic signals
  • Drinking alcohol while in the vehicle
  • Hitting or nearly hitting other cars or objects

If you notice any of these signs, you may be sharing the road with an impaired driver. However, you should not try to engage with the driver. Instead, you should leave distance between your vehicle and the suspected drunk driver’s vehicle, safely get off the road, and contact authorities about your concerns.

Injuries from a drunk driver

Of course, you may not have the chance to get out of a drunk driver’s way before he or she causes a life-changing accident. If you suffer serious injuries or lose a loved one as a result of a DUI-related crash, you may have reason to file a civil claim against the driver considered at fault. A successful personal injury or wrongful death claim could allow you to obtain compensation for damages resulting from the incident.

Because you may not have extensive legal knowledge on such matters, you may wish to enlist the help of a legal professional who can help you understand your options.