Many drivers know that they should be on the lookout for other drivers who appear to be drunk. What you might not realize is that this isn’t the only form of impairment you need to be aware of. Some drivers are high on drugs or too tired when they get behind the wheel. They might exhibit signs of impairment.
Here are some signs that you need to watch for if you are on the road:
- Driving slower than the speed limit
- Accelerating rapidly
- Almost hitting objects
- Braking suddenly and without reason
- Straddling the center line
- Weaving or drifting
- Not using headlight from dusk to dawn
- Leaning forward abnormally
- Turning suddenly or using a wide radius
- Tailgating other vehicles
If you see any of these signs of unsafe driving, try your best to stay away from the vehicle. If it is safe to do so, pull over and alert the authorities. They will need to know a description of the vehicle, where the vehicle is heading and any other information you can provide.
Even if you do your best to avoid the vehicle, you might be struck by the vehicle. You need to take the same steps as you would with any other accident. Alert emergency services, get medical care and determine if you are going to take legal action.
Seeking compensation after an accident like this can reduce the amount of money that you have to spend on the damages if your claim is successful. Expenses like medical bills and missed wages can add up quickly so be sure to act as soon as possible after the crash.