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How to protect one's self from a drunk driver

Pennsylvania motorists may come across others on the road who are acting erratically. The reason for this behavior may be that they are driving under the influence, and there are some basic tips for avoiding a crash with a drunk driver. The first tip is awareness. Signs of erratic driving include turning wide or abruptly, drifting out of lanes, slowly reacting to traffic signals and driving too slowly. Drunk drivers often have their face close to the windshield.

Prevention is achieved through defensive driving. This means keeping a distance from the erratic driver, letting the driver pass and being ready to take quick, evasive action. If both cars are on a collision course, one must pull over to the right, stop, honk the horn and flash the lights. One could then call 911, giving the road and direction the driver is heading and describing the vehicle.

What drivers should not do is try to stop the suspected drunk driver. One should not speed or disregard traffic signals in the effort to keep him or her in view. If the drunk driver stops, no attempt should be made to detain him or her. That is the job of law enforcement authorities.One good thing to do is to avoid driving after midnight, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Drunk drivers are frequently out during these times.

Those who incur a car accident injury through the actions of an impaired driver may want to consult with an attorney. If the grounds for a claim are good, the lawyer may hire investigators to gather the necessary proof and then negotiate a settlement with the at-fault motorist's auto insurance company. If the offer is inadequate, a lawsuit might be necessary.

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