This past Saint Patrick's Day, over 350 people were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Denver, alone. This statistic is a bit troubling, considering that about 200 people are killed in alcohol-related car accidents every year in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. And while you may avoid getting behind the wheel when you've had a few drinks, there is nothing you can do to stop others from driving intoxicated. Nevertheless, there are steps you can take to stay safe when sharing the road with drunk or careless drivers.
That's right – wear your seatbelt! In fact, the law requires all drivers to do so. But, drivers and passengers alike should all wear their seatbelts, because the majority of serious car accident-related injuries are (or could have been) prevented by doing so.
Keep Your Composure
Nothing good comes from losing your cool – especially on the road. Always remain calm, and prepare for the unexpected. Intoxicated drivers tend to (and often do) make poor decisions and erratic maneuvers. Make sure to leave more than enough space between you and other drivers, particularly those who appear to be driving unusually. Know your destination as well as your intended route of travel in advance, and contact law enforcement if you observe a motorist who is out-of-control or driving recklessly. Do not chase or track them down yourself.
Know The Signs
While you should always maintain a safe following distance, know the signs of impaired driving and avoid that driver – whether they are behind, ahead or to the side(s) of your vehicle. Indications that a driver is intoxicated include speeding, driving very slowly, weaving in/out of traffic lanes, driving on the wrong side of the road, failing to turn their headlights on after dark and erratic braking.
Finally, always make sure that you do not drive under the influence. A cab or Uber © ride is much cheaper than the fines you will incur for a DUI conviction. Most importantly, you do not want to be the cause of injuring or killing yourself, or anyone else sharing the roadway.
Hire An Attorney
If you have been injured due to the actions of a drunk or intoxicated driver, you need a personal injury attorney to review your case and determine which parties may be at fault. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal have decades of experience representing those injured in all sorts of personal injury cases. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 825 – 2223 or visit us online.