While there are many inherent risks of driving on the roads in Maryland, drunk driving presents one of the greatest dangers. Not only are drunk drivers unpredictable, but they are reckless with their lives and the lives of everyone else on the road. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reported that in 2017, someone was killed by a drunk driver every 50 minutes. These statistics are alarming and give cause to be especially careful when you get behind the wheel of a car. With summer quickly approaching, many people will enjoy a few drinks at a BBQ, a house party, or happy hour after work. When they decide to drive home after drinking, tragic accidents can occur.
Recognizing the Signs of a Drunk Driver
Knowing how to recognize a drunk driver on the road can help save lives. There are a few common signs that you can look for. These include a car that is:
- Driving at speeds significantly above or below the posted limit
- Swerving in and out of their lane
- Stopping abruptly
- Tailgating or following too closely to other cars
- Changing lanes without signaling
If you suspect that a car is being operated by a drunk driver, pull over to the side of the road, if possible. You can also call the appropriate hotline or 911 to report a drunk driver.
Dealing with the Aftermath of an Injury
When you’re in a car accident, there are several steps that you will need to take.
- Pull over to the side of the road and make sure it is safe before getting out of your car.
- Contact the police – they will show up and survey the scene of the accident, and collect contact information and proof of insurance and registration for both you and the other driver. If they suspect that the negligent driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will probably administer a series of DUI testing. They will also file an official police report to document the accident.
- Seek medical attention – Even if you don’t think you are seriously hurt, it is important to see a doctor who will determine the extent of your injuries. Some symptoms don’t show up right away, so it is crucial to establish a medical record from the start.
- Hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate your claim.
Contact an Experienced Maryland Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have been involved in an accident in which the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you have certain rights. The legal team at Alpert Schreyer, LLC has years of experience working with victims that were injured by drunk drivers in car accidents. We understand how difficult and frustrating it can be to deal with the recovery process after an accident that could have easily been prevented. We will fight aggressively to protect your rights and recover damages. Call us today at 844.632.7274 to set up a free initial consultation where we can discuss the details of your case. You can also contact us online.