Steps to Take After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver

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Person driving a car while drinking alcohol

Here at Bottaro Law, we are passionate about helping car accident victims throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  

Drunk driving resulting in car accidents remains a tragic and avoidable problem.  If you have suffered a personal injury in a car accident due to a drunk driver, we can help you pursue justice. You have important legal rights.

Did you know, every day, an average of 32 people in the U.S. dies in a drunk-driving car accident? According to the United States Department of Transportation, In 2020, 11,654 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths- a 14% increase from 2019.

Here are 3 signs of a drunk driver on the road and what you can do to stay safe:

1. Drunk Drivers May Swerve Their Car 

One of the most common reasons for swerving of a motor vehicle is driving under the influence or drunk driving. This swerving behavior is one of the easiest to spot, both for police officers and other drivers on the road. 

We recommend pulling over to a safe area and calling 911 to report the vehicle that is swerving and void a car accident.  

2. Drunk Drivers May Excessively Brake 

If you see a car that seems to be braking often, this too is a sign of a drunk driver.  

Some drivers under the influence over compensate their driving too slowly or braking excessively to avoid going over the speed limit and being more conscious of other vehicles around them.

3. Drunk Drivers May Violate Other Traffic Laws 

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You may notice that the drunk driver is unable to stop in time, causing them to turn left or right last second without a blinker, or maybe they ran a red light because they could not stop in time. 

Drunk driving can cause hindered vision, slower reflexes and in this situation, can cause difficulty comprehending to road situations. You may see a drunk driver speeding, running red lights, forgetting to wear a seatbelt, pulling through stop signs or even improper signaling and driving on the opposite side of the road. 

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