In 2017, there were over 127,000 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona. Almost 5,000 of these accidents were caused by a driver impaired by alcohol. According to a report by the Arizona Department of Transportation, these accidents resulted in the deaths of 320 people. Being aware of drunk drivers and driving defensively can help motorists avoid accidents and protect themselves.
While driving, pay close attention to other vehicles on the road. Some signs that a motorist is under the influence of alcohol include weaving through traffic, making wide turns, driving too slowly, driving on the opposite side of the road and erratic braking. Additionally, drunk drivers may drive places other than designated roadways, such as on a sidewalk. They also tend to make sudden and/or illegal turns without the use of a blinker.
If a drunk driver is suspected, it's best to drive defensively by positioning the vehicle a distance from the vehicle with the impaired driver. Be prepared to take quick action to avoid a car accident. Never attempt to stop the vehicle or follow the vehicle if the driver is speeding. Instead, take note of the license plate and make, color and manufacturer of the vehicle. Pull over and call 911 as soon as possible to report a suspected drunk driver. Additionally, always take care by wearing safety belts, avoiding driving after midnight and avoiding rural roads in the evening.
For drunk driving victims in Arizona, motor vehicle accidents often result in emergency medical care, loss of wages and general pain and suffering. However, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help an injured party receive medical and compensatory damages. By proving negligence through the police accident reports and any alcohol tests that were administered to the other driver, the victim could get a fair settlement.