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How to spot a drunk (and dangerous) driver

Even though you understand the importance of avoiding drinking and driving, there will always be people who break the law. They get behind the wheel after drinking too much, putting themselves and everyone else at risk of an accident.

There are many signs that a person may be driving intoxicated, including the following:

  • Swerving or drifting out of their lane
  • Sudden turns
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Erratic braking and/or acceleration
  • Striking objects, such as parked vehicles or traffic signs
  • Failure to respond at a traffic signal
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road

If you suspect a drunk driver, don't attempt to take matters into your own hands. Instead, call 911 to report what you're seeing. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible, such as the location, license plate number and make and model of the vehicle.

If you're injured in an accident with a drunk driver, move to safety and call for help. Let police deal with the person who caused the accident, while paramedics treat your injuries and transport you to a local hospital.

As soon as you feel up to it, file an insurance claim and learn more about other ways to obtain compensation from the person who caused the accident.

It's not always easy to juggle your recovery with seeking compensation, but it's critical to protect your legal rights at all costs. Once you know what you're doing, you can follow your plan with the idea of obtaining compensation for your injuries and other accident-related damages.

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