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Tips On Avoiding Drunk And Distracted Drivers

Author : Jim Brown

I've seen the aftermath of drunk driving accidents more times than I can remember since I began practicing as an auto accident attorney. I must stress to you how important it is that you have a sober driver when you go out. However just having a sober driver isn't always enough. When you or someone else is driving you should know how to spot and avoid a drunk or distracted driver. Drinking and driving causes thousands of accidents across the country. Even if you are acting responsibly you need to be aware of the less responsible drivers out there. If you think someone is driving intoxicated or distracted near you, you need to have time to react to any sudden moves their vehicle may make. There are several signs to watch for to let you know whether or not you want to be near a driver. Some of these signs are:


2) Driving well under the speed limit, many drunk drivers will go slower so they can concentrate.

3) Stopping for no reason (again this may be a drunk driver being overly cautious)

4) Driving in the middle of the road. Drunk drivers will sometimes use the center line to direct them.

5) Tailgating. Impaired drivers will sometimes follow the car behind them in an attempt to drive straight. This can often lead to them being right on that car's rear.

6) Incredibly bad driving. There is a good chance the driver is intoxicated if they are driving the wrong way, on the wrong side of the road, without headlights, or off the road completely.

Unfortunately accidents are not always avoidable. If you aren't at fault it does help. To avoid being at fault in an accident you should refrain from doing anything that could be considered dangerous driving such as driving intoxicated or texting.

Insurance companies are first and foremost concerned with saving themselves as much money as possible. You may have a problem on your hands if your insurance company can claim that you could have prevented the accident or somehow had even a little fault in the accident. Until you've spoken with an experienced auto accident attorney you are probably better off not even speaking with your insurance adjuster. Knowing how to avoid being taken advantage of by your insurance company is important, but your number one priority should be to always be a safe and focused driver.

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Jim Brown is a personal injury attorney based in St. Louis, Missouri. He has written several publications, including a guide for accidents in Missouri and Illinois. You can request a free copy of, I Survived! The Crash Victims Guide to Dealing with the Aftermath, to help you get through the post-accident period by going to his website at and clicking Contact Us.

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