Signs of a Drunk Driver
At Duncan Firm, your safety on the road is our top priority. As experienced car accident attorneys serving clients nationally from our Little Rock base, we have seen firsthand the devastating consequences of drunk driving accidents. In this article, we want to empower you with the knowledge to recognize potential signs of a drunk driver, so you can protect yourself and others from harm.
Erratic and Aggressive Driving
Slow Response Times
Drunk drivers often have delayed reactions to traffic signals, stop signs, and other vehicles. If you notice a driver taking too long to respond, it could be a warning sign.
Straddling the Center Line
Impaired drivers may have difficulty staying within their lane, leading them to drift into other lanes or straddle the center line.
Pay attention to drivers who brake suddenly and without reason, as this may indicate intoxication.
Driving at Night Without Headlights
Some drunk drivers forget to turn on their headlights at night, making it difficult for others to see them and increasing the risk of an accident.
Abrupt or Illegal Turns
Impaired drivers may make abrupt or illegal turns without signaling or checking for other vehicles.
Slurred Speech and Disorientation
If you happen to interact with the driver, listen for slurred speech or observe signs of disorientation, which could indicate alcohol or drug impairment.
If you suspect a driver is drunk, it is crucial to keep a safe distance from their vehicle and avoid confronting them. Instead, pull over safely and contact the authorities to report the situation, providing them with the license plate number, description of the vehicle, and the direction it’s heading.
Remember, if you or a loved one ever become victims of a drunk driving accident, our experienced car accident attorneys at Duncan Firm are here to provide the support and legal guidance you need.