Every year, around 17,000 people are killed across the United States by people driving under the influence (DUI), which amounts to one death roughly every 28 minutes. In New York State, close to a third of all motor vehicle fatalities are the result of intoxicated drivers. That is why, if you are driving on the road, you should do your best to watch out for anyone who might be driving under the influence, because anyone committing a DUI could become a serious threat to you and your passengers.
What is Driving Under the Influence (DUI)?
Driving under the influence is when someone chooses to drive while they are impaired by some kind of chemical intoxicant. While this most commonly includes drunk driving, it can also mean driving under the influence of marijuana, opiates, or even certain prescription medications. People who commit a DUI place both themselves and others at serious risk due to the heightened chance of a serious accident.
What is It That Makes a DUI So Dangerous?
What makes someone driving under the influence so scary is that they are mentally and physically impaired. People committing a DUI typically have worse reaction times, worse judgment, and a serious loss of motor coordination as compared to how they are when they are sober. This makes it very easy for people committing a DUI to lose control of their vehicle, or to be unable to respond to hazards that may result in an accident.
How Can You Tell if Someone is Impaired?
There are a number of potential signs that may indicate someone is driving under the influence. Some of these signs include:
- Drifting or swerving between lanes
- Making sudden or illegal turns
- Making unusually wide turns
- Braking suddenly or erratically
- Failing to turn headlights on at night
- Having windshield wipers on when it is not raining
- Accelerating unusually rapidly
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Driving in the middle of the road, or on the sidewalk
- Delayed or absent response to road signs or traffic lights
What Should You Do if You Get in An Accident?
If you have gotten into an accident with someone who was committing a DUI, your first priority is to seek medical attention, even if you feel fine. After that, you should contact a personal injury lawyer with experience handling auto accident cases. They can help you explore your legal options and ensure you get compensation for any harm you or your loved ones have suffered.
The personal injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC are experienced in representing clients who have been seriously injured, and the surviving family members of those who have been fatally injured, as the result of serious accidents. The firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers strive to secure full and fair compensation for their injured clients. With law offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Manhattan, their personal injury lawyers can vigorously represent clients throughout the metropolitan area, including in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and New Jersey. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call (718) 238-2400 or fill out our contact form.