If you’re commuting home from work and you see a driver who appears to be intoxicated, you absolutely want to keep your distance from that vehicle. These drivers are more common than many people realize, and they make a lot of mistakes that cause accidents.
Knowing exactly what those mistakes are is no guarantee that you can avoid an accident, but it may help. Let’s look at a few of the common mistakes that intoxicated drivers make that cause these crashes.
Driving the wrong way
Wrong-way accidents should never happen, as they fundamentally violate almost every rule of the road. Even so, they continue to happen year after year. More often than not, intoxication or drug use are the reasons for these crashes.
Not reacting in time
A big problem with drunk drivers is that their reaction times are simply much slower. A sober driver may know when to apply the brakes or when to slow down, but a drunk driver won’t realize it until it’s too late. This can just make even the smallest mistakes far more serious.
Driving with the lights off
Many new cars have automatic headlights, but not all. Drivers who are intoxicated may hop in the car at night and forget to flip the lights on. They can still see because of the streetlights and the other cars, but they’re an extreme hazard to other drivers, who may have no idea that they are there. This can lead to things like someone turning in front of a car that has its headlights off. It appears that the turning car caused the accident, but it’s actually the fault of the drunk driver for not having their lights on to begin with.
These are just a few examples, so make sure you know what legal options you have if you get injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake.