Drunk driving is risky and dangerous to the driver, passengers, and other road users, but it is still a common occurrence. Every day people are seriously injured and killed in automobile accidents involving a drunk driver. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority, 40 percent of all car accidents in the United States are alcohol-related.
The Consequences of a Drunk Driving Accident
A drunk driver who causes an accident faces a number of charges depending on the severity of the accident. At the very least an intoxicated driver will be arrested for a DUI charge and will likely be held legally responsible for all injuries and damages to the victims. In more serious accidents, a drunk driver may be responsible for the wrongful death of an accident victim and may end up spending much of his or her life in prison. The driver will also have to live with the guilt of recklessly destroying the lives of other people.
Victims who survive a drunk driving accident will likely have lasting physical injuries and emotional trauma. Their injuries may prevent them from going to school, participating in activities, or working. They may suffer from lost wages, permanent disability, and other severe hardships. A drunk driving accident could fundamentally and irrevocably change the lives of victims.
Recognizing a Drunk Driver
If you see a car showing any of the following warning signs, keep your distance and call the police immediately:
Driving slowly 10 mph under the speed limit or more
Drifting from side to side into other lines or onto the shoulder
Hitting curbs or other roadside objects
Tailgating other vehicles or passing with unsafe clearance
Frequent braking, especially when unnecessary
Turning without signaling or driving without headlights
For Help With Your Accident
If you have been involved in an accident with someone driving drunk, he or she can be held legally responsible and you may be entitled to full compensation for all injuries and damages. Don’t let drunk drivers get away with endangering the lives of others. Consider consulting with a personal injury lawyer who will hold the drunk driver accountable and can get you the compensation you deserve.
For more information on drunk driving accidents and injury liability, please visit the website of Racine personal injury attorneys Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C. here.