More often than not, road users across Georgia reach their destinations without being caught up in an accident. Sadly, this is not always the case. While driving may present an efficient way to get around, there are also a number of risks associated with this mode of travel.
Approximately one person is fatally injured in an impaired driving accident every hour in the U.S. This makes impaired driving a topic that warrants careful consideration. So, how can you tell if a fellow road user may be under the influence?
Poor driving decisions
Intoxication impacts a person’s ability to accurately assess certain situations. The result of this is that they make poor decisions. Did you happen to notice the driver in front of cut off another driver as they pulled out from a junction? This could be a sign that their decision-making abilities have been obstructed by alcohol or other substances.
Generally, the roadways are governed by various speed restrictions. Safety tends to be at the center of speed limits and drivers who speed place themselves and other people at risk. If a driver either increases their speed rapidly or comes to an abrupt stop, it could be a sign that they are under the influence.
A failure to signal
All vehicles are fitted with signal lights for the purpose of giving other road users fair warning before maneuvers such as turns are carried out. Intoxication may lead some people to completely neglect using their signal lights effectively. Additionally, at nighttime, a driver who is impaired might be less likely to make use of their headlights.
While the behaviors outlined below are not exclusive to intoxicated drivers, they could present valid warning signs. You have a right to utilize the roadways in Georgia without being endangered unnecessarily. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured during a crash, it is in your best interests to explore your legal options.