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Were you in an accident with a drunk driver?

You may worry about safely reaching your destination when navigating Texas highways, and for good reason too, as such roads are often highly dangerous places. Heavy traffic and reckless drivers are a bad mix, placing themselves, you and any other motorist or pedestrian in the area at risk for injury. Some of the biggest menaces on the roads in this state and throughout the nation are intoxicated drivers.  

State laws are quite clear regarding consumption of alcohol and operation of motor vehicles. While you may make responsible choices concerning drinking and driving, there's little to nothing you can do about another motorist's actions. This is why it's important to be able to recognize the signs of drunk driving and also to know where to seek support if a drunk driver causes you injury.  

Watch out for these driving behaviors 

It may not be possible to know for sure if a particular driver is acting under the influence of alcohol. However, many drunk drivers in Texas and elsewhere exhibit one or more of the following behaviors at the wheel: 

  • Do you see a car traveling without headlights at night? Steer clear of this driver because this is a common error people make when they are drunk. 
  • Most cars in your immediate vicinity should be traveling at roughly the same speeds, with similar braking patterns according to current traffic flow. If you witness a driver hitting his or her brakes for no apparent reason, he or she might be an intoxicated driver. 
  • Cars coming too close to curbs or almost swiping parked vehicles on the sides of roads may have drunk drivers at the wheel. 
  • A driver who is sitting far to the front edge of the driver's seat, crowding the wheel as though trying to lean as close as possible to the windshield is a definite sign that the person might be drunk.  

Drunk drivers also often have trouble staying in their lanes. If you witness a vehicle near you that is veering left or right instead of maintaining position in the proper traffic lane, you'll want to try to distance yourself as much as safely possible to avoid collision. The driver could very well be an intoxicated person.  

Where to seek support 

If you're out with friends and it appears one of them has had too much to drink, you can offer a ride or enlist the help of others to try to persuade him or her to hand over his or her car keys. If you suffer injury in a drunk driving collision, first responders can help you get proper medical attention. Beyond that, you may wish to discuss your situation with someone well-versed in personal injury law who can provide resources to help you seek full recovery for your losses.

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