While you’re driving, you may notice erratic behavior from other vehicles that leads you to believe the driver is drunk or is under the influence of drugs. When this happens, you can take steps to protect yourself and to ensure the driver is stopped. Here’s what to do if you notice a drunk driver while you’re on the road.
Move Out of the Way
Do your best to stay out of the vehicle’s way. Reduce your speed if you’re behind the driver, and take slow, deliberate, clearly-signaled motions in your own vehicle.
Notice All the Details You Can
Pay attention to the make, model, and color of the vehicle. If you can, try to read part or all of the license plate number. Also, pay attention to where the vehicle is and where it is traveling. Note the names of any intersections, side streets, or landmarks in the area.
Call 911 or your local emergency number as soon as you can safely do so. It may be possible to pull over immediately and call 911. Give the dispatcher all the details you can. Do not try to stop the vehicle or alert the driver yourself, as this might lead them to “startle” or take another action that leads to a crash.
What to Do If You’re In an Accident With a Drunk Driver
Pull off the road as quickly as you can and call 911. If anyone else was injured in the crash, check on them and provide help if you can. As soon as possible after the accident, write down all the details you remember. These details can help police and others determine what happened.
If you’re injured by a drunk driver, you don’t have to wait for a criminal investigation to be completed or to produce justice. You can also seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. An experienced Alabama personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal options and seek the solution that is best for your needs.