Drunk drivers are something every American needs to worry about. With 30 people dying in drunk driving car accidents every day, there’s a real chance it could happen here in Dallas to you – or someone you love.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two in every three people will be involved in a DWI car accident at some point in their life. Two in three!
If you want to avoid being one of those two, it’s important to know a drunk driver when you see one – to be able to recognize the signs, steer clear and call the police to come help. In the end, it could save your life.
Know the Signs of a Dallas Drunk Driver
Do you want to protect yourself, your family and others on the road when you’re rushing down 114W or 35E? Then know how to recognize a drunk driver.
Here are some sure-fire signs you can look for next time you’re behind the wheel:
- Fast acceleration or deceleration – If you see a driver jolt off after stopping, turning or making a lane change, or if they slam on their brakes a lot, this could be a sign that they’re driving while intoxicated.
- Driving on the wrong side of the road – This is a big one. You’d be hard pressed to find a sober driver rolling down the wrong side of the road or toward opposing traffic. If you ever see this happen, pull off immediately and call the police.
- Driving way under the speed limit – See an overly cautious, super-slow driver? This could be a drunk driver overcompensating (trying to stay focused and “not get caught”). Be wary of these drivers and get over a few lanes to give them some space.
- No headlights – If a driver doesn’t notice their headlights are off and it’s dark out, you can bet they’re impaired in some form or fashion. Try flashing your lights at them to alert them, then pull off the road and steer clear.
- Close calls – Is the driver having a lot of close calls, nearly hitting other cars, mailboxes and other things? This happens a lot to drunk drivers, who often don’t see obstacles until they’re right in front of them.
- Wrong signal – Does the driver put on their right blinker, only to change lanes to the left? Do they leave their blinker on for minutes after making a turn? This could definitely be a sign of intoxication.
- Weaving and swerving – A driver that weaves in and out of traffic and swerves in and out of lanes could quite possibly be drunk. Be sure to give them plenty of room and call the police as soon as possible.
- Tailgating – Drunk drivers don’t have great depth perception, so they can often be found tailgating and driving extremely close behind other drivers. Sure, this is common with sober Dallas drivers too; but even if they’re not drunk, tailgaters are definitely something you want to avoid.
- Erratic braking – Sudden braking, slowing down or stopping for no reason are all signs that a driver may be impaired. If this happens, give a light honk, make sure they’re alert and call the police.
You’re more likely to spot a drunk driver in the evening, nighttime and early morning hours. While it is possible to see them at other times of the day, this is when you’ll want to be on high alert – especially if you’re driving in an area near lots of bars and restaurants.
Sadly, no matter how careful you are, there’s still a chance a drunk driving car accident could happen to you. If it does, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers at Franklin Law Firm. Our attorneys will help you get the justice you and your loved ones deserve.