Did you know Texas leads the nation when it comes to deaths caused by drunk driving?
According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), more than 1,300 people perished due to drunk driving accidents in 2013 alone. Those represented nearly 40 percent of all traffic deaths in the state.
Sadly, these numbers aren’t declining either. They’re actually on the rise, jumping almost 4 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Do you want to make sure you and your loved ones don’t become a part of this unfortunate trend? Follow our tips below.
Avoiding a Drunk Driving Car Accident
First, you need to be able to recognize what a drunk driver looks like, so you can slow down, change lanes or pull off to the side of the road until they pass. Here are a few signs that can usually indicate a drunk driver:
- Swerving or weaving in and out of lanes
- Failing to stop at lights or stop signs
- Failing to go when the light turns green
- Driving at a speed significantly under or above the speed limit
Intoxicated drivers also tend to sit closer to the steering wheel, as they think it helps them concentrate on the road better. If you think you spot a drunk driver on the road at any point, pull off and call 911 immediately. You might have avoided them, but what about all the other drivers on the road? Contacting the Dallas police can ensure their safety, too.
Just knowing how to identify a drunk driver often isn’t enough to avoid a DWI car accident. You need to be careful about where you drive and when you drive, too. Specifically, you should do the following:
- Avoid driving between 11:00pm and 3:00am – This is when most people are leaving bars intoxicated and getting behind the wheel, and it’s when the roads are most dangerous. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a whopping 54 percent of all nighttime fatal car accidents can be attributed to alcohol. If you really want to avoid a drunk driving accident, make sure to stay in during these hours and encourage your friends to do the same.
- Steer clear of areas with clubs, bars and nightlife – Naturally, an area of Dallas with more bars and nightclubs is going to have more intoxicated people per square mile than most other parts of the city. To avoid a collision with one of these drunk patrons, avoid driving through these areas – especially in the late evening or early morning.
- Be extra careful at intersections – Intersections are where the most dangerous drunk driving accidents occur. Many times, drunk drivers plow throw stop signs and stoplights regardless of what they display, putting everyone around them at risk. To protect yourself, always look both ways before entering an intersection – even if the light is green and the street is empty. You can never be too careful.
- Don’t drive on big holidays – Celebratory holidays like New Year’s Eve, July 4th and Memorial Day are notorious for high numbers of DWIs and drunk driving accidents. To ensure your safety, try to avoid the roads on these days. For instance, instead of going out to downtown Dallas, have friends and family over for a cookout or barbecue.
Unfortunately, even if you follow these tips to the letter, there’s still no guarantee a DWI car accident won’t happen to you or someone you love. In the event one does occur and a drunk driver injures you or your loved ones, contact the Dallas DWI car accident attorneys at Franklin Law Firm as soon as possible. We’re here to fight for your rights, and we’ll ensure you get the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve.