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Know the signs of drunk driving to help you stay safer

The winter holiday season is here, and this time of year is associated with an uptick in drunk driving. This means that there's an increased chance that any motorist could be struck by a drunk driver. These crashes can lead to serious injuries or fatalities.

While there's no way that you can completely avoid an accident with an intoxicated driver, knowing the signs of drunk driving might help you to avoid drivers who are impaired. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Swerving from one lane to another
  • Hitting the rumble strips on the side of the road
  • Stopping in the middle of the road for no reason
  • Driving too fast or slow for the current conditions
  • Failing to use a turn signal or making an illegal turn
  • Driving without headlights when they're necessary

Anyone who sees these signs should do their best to stay away from the vehicle. If it's safe to do so, you should contact the police. A passenger in your vehicle could do this so it's a bit safer. This gives the officers a chance to get that driver off the road.

If you're struck by a drunk driver and suffer an injury, you can seek compensation for the financial and other damages associated with the wreck. This includes the medical bills, lost wages and similar expenses. Discuss your case with your attorney so you can ensure that you're seeking what's necessary. Once you have a settlement or judgment, you can't come back to ask for more money. You also have to ensure that you get your case filed before the legal time limit expires.

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