Every 48 minutes in the United States, someone passes away due to injuries resulting from accidents caused by impaired drivers. That statistic is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The statistics are not surprising perhaps, but they are frightening. If you are going to be on the roads this holiday season, it’s important that you understand how to protect yourself from drunk drivers.
1. Buckle Up
Buckling your seatbelt won’t keep you out of an accident, but it can keep you from dying in a crash. In fact, wearing your seatbelt is so effective that it is considered the number one way to protect yourself from drunk drivers. Make sure that you buckle your belt every time you get in the car, and make sure your passengers are doing the same.
2. Stay Back
It’s difficult to judge how reckless a person may be driving if you are right up on their bumper. Instead of riding so close, stay a car length or two back. You will be better able to notice if a driver is accelerating and braking repeatedly, swerving or otherwise driving dangerously. For the same reason, it’s safer to stay behind a drunk driver rather than passing them — so you can react to their actions, and don’t rely on them reacting to you.
3. Approach Intersections Cautiously
Drunk driving accidents often occur at intersections, so be on the lookout as you approach one. Many drunk drivers fail to stop at signs and signals, T-boning those who are traveling appropriately.
4. Drive During the Day
It’s not to say that you should never drive at night, but you may want to avoid it as much as you can. If you have to drive late at night, make sure that you keep your eyes open to any potential dangers.
5. Peak Times
Avoid traveling during peak times, especially during the holidays. Studies have shown that car accidents during the Christmas season tend to occur most often between the early afternoon of Christmas Eve and the late evening of Christmas day.
6. Designate Yourself
Avoiding drunk drivers doesn’t mean that your friends and family can’t have a good time. Sign yourself up to be the designated driver and ensure that those you love can have a good time and still get home safely. Many bars offer incentives, like free soft drinks or even food, to designated drivers.
7. Avoid Warning of Checkpoints
Once people pass or go through a drunk-driving checkpoint, they tend to share the information on social media. This can deter the purpose of such a checkpoint. If you notice a checkpoint or even pass through one, don’t tell the public.
If a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver in San Luis Obispo, you may have a wrongful death lawsuit. Call our office today to speak with a member of our team and discover more about your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for loss of income, funeral expenses and more. Reach out to our team now.