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Intoxicated California motorists often do these things

When you're driving on a California roadway, you must be able to multi-task to some extent. Especially if you have passengers in your vehicle, one of them might try to have a conversation with your while you're driving. You also have to be aware of your outside surroundings, meaning, what's happening to the left, right, in front of and behind your vehicle. Your main priority, of course, is to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

You might act with caution and in accordance with traffic laws. However, if a drunk driver is nearby, an otherwise uneventful trip to a restaurant, department store or your workplace can quickly become a dangerous situation. Drunk drivers often exhibit certain behaviors, and knowing how to recognize potential signs of trouble may help improve your safety and your passengers' safety as well. If a drunk driver hits you, it is critical to know where to seek support.

Driving behaviors that alert you to high-risk situations

A person might be unfamiliar with his or her surroundings and may be driving a bit slower than the traffic pattern as he or she looks for a particular street address or tries to navigate travel instructions. Driving too slowly, however, can also be a sign of an intoxicated driver, as can the additional driving behaviors included in the following list:

  • Erratic use of brakes
  • Swinging a turn far too wide
  • Bumping a curb when rounding a bend
  • Driving at night without headlights on
  • Scrunching to the edge of the driver's seat and peering close to the windshield
  • Tailgating
  • Veering left or right in a traffic lane
  • Drifting over the yellow line
  • Coming too close to parked vehicles or pedestrians

If you witness a driver in your vicinity exhibiting one or more of these behaviors, there's a chance he or she might be intoxicated or acting under the influence of drugs. The best way to stay safe would be to pull off the road and alert 911 of the suspicious driving behavior. However, if you're in fast-paced traffic, you may not have the opportunity to do so.

If a collision occurs

If you suffer injury because a drunk driver hits you, it's understandable that you'd feel angry knowing that the crash was preventable and only occurred because of another driver's irresponsible choice to drink and drive. California law allows recovering victims to seek restitution for their suffering by filing personal injury claims in civil court.

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