Every 45 minutes, someone in the United States dies in a drunk driving accident. That's entirely unacceptable. And unfortunately, this number has been rising over the past few years. To gain an understanding of how serious this problem is, let's look at a few alarming statistics:
- 32 people are killed in alcohol-related car crashes every day in the United States.
- 11,654 fatalities in 2020 were due to drunk driving (a 14 percent rise from 2019).
- Approximately 30 percent of all car crashes are alcohol-related.
Staying Safe From Drunk Drivers
Drunk driving is a serious issue that affects thousands of people every year. It's impossible to completely eliminate the risk of being hit by a drunk driver, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. Here's what you need to know to keep yourself safe from the dangers of drunk drivers.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
The best way to protect yourself from a drunk driver is to be aware of your surroundings and pay close attention when you're on the road. Stay alert and look out for any signs of erratic or reckless driving, such as swerving or tailgating. If you notice someone behaving erratically, it's important that you get out of the way as quickly and safely as possible.
Know the Signs of a Drunk Driver
Knowing how to spot a drunk driver can help you avoid them in potentially dangerous situations. Common signs of an impaired motorist include:
- Swerving between lanes
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Excessive speeding
- Driving without headlights at night
If you notice any of these behaviors on the road, stay away from the vehicle until it is out of sight.
Don't Drive While Intoxicated Yourself
It should go without saying, but don't drive when you have been drinking. Not only do you put yourself at risk if you choose to get behind the wheel, but you also put other drivers at risk as well. To ensure everyone's safety, make sure to designate a sober driver or use public transportation if you plan on drinking.
The Law Office of Joshua W. Branch, LLC is Helping Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents Recover
Remember—if something doesn't seem right on the road, take action by getting away safely and notifying the police if necessary so they can investigate further. With this knowledge in mind, hopefully, more people will be able to stay safe from drunk drivers on our roads today! The Law Office of Joshua W. Branch, LLC is committed to holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions and the injuries they cause. Nobody should have to fight their battle alone.
If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out our form or call us today at (706) 760-9220 for a free initial consultation.