As a driver, you may take every precaution, be an excellent driver, and do everything you can to avoid getting in an accident. Unfortunately, not all drivers are that cautious or safe. Most drunk driving accidents involve the drunk driver and a sober driver who is caught off guard. Every time you get behind the wheel, you could be at risk because of reckless, careless drunk drivers who don’t take the time to think about the consequences of their actions. Unfortunately, as the holidays roll around, especially holidays such as the Fourth of July, there is an increased presence of drunk drivers on the road.
How to Protect Yourself From Drunk Drivers This Fourth of July
Preventing car accidents requires a lot of discipline from drivers. It requires learning how to be a defensive driver and, most importantly, a driver that’s always aware of their surroundings. To avoid getting into an accident with a drunk driver this Fourth of July, here are four tips that can help keep you safe.
1. Keep Your Distance from Other Cars
As a general rule, drivers should always leave enough room between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. In the event that the vehicle in front of them does something dangerous, drivers need to have the room to stop or move out of the way to avoid a collision. Leaving enough room also allows you to gauge the other driver’s behavior. If you see them behaving strangely or erratically, you can move out of their way and contact local traffic enforcement.
2. Be More Alert at Intersections
Interactions are some of the most dangerous places for drivers, and adding in drunk drivers is a formula for disaster. When you’re about to reach a four-way stop, it’s best to drive slowly and take your time to check your surroundings before proceeding. Drunk drivers can often come from what appears to be nowhere at intersections. Additionally, make sure that the other drivers have stopped as well. It’s dangerous to assume that everyone will stop. Drunk drivers have impaired reflexes and blurred vision, so they are likely to have delayed reactions.
3. Avoid Driving at Night or during Peak Traffic Hours
During peak traffic hours, cars tend to be bumper to bumper, making it challenging to keep a safe distance from other vehicles. It will likely be difficult to keep your distance from drunk drivers since all vehicles are close together. Furthermore, most drunk driving accidents occur late at night when the roads are dark.
4. Keep Out of the Other Driver’s Blind Spots
While you may do the responsible actions of checking your mirrors and looking over your shoulder before changing lanes, not all drivers do the same, especially not drunk drivers. Blind spots are dangerous, and if a driver fails to turn on their signals or check that spot, it can lead to severe accidents.
It should also be noted that when it comes to commercial trucks and trailers, you should keep a wider gap than you would for a regular car because their blind spots are more prominent than in regular vehicles.
Find Trusted Representation for Your Car Accident Claim at Mintz Law Firm
Drunk driving accidents can leave victims with severe injuries and property losses. Victims of drunk driving accidents deserve to recover fair and full compensation for their losses. A victim should not have to pay for the mistakes of a drunk driver.
At Mintz Law Firm, we believe in protecting the rights of injured drunk driving accident victims and recovering maximum compensation to hold the driver accountable. If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a drunk driver, Mintz Law Firm is here to help. We will work tirelessly to pursue the total value of your claim and prepare your case for court if necessary, so you can be awarded the financial compensation you deserve.