Contact Menu
Call For A Free Consultation 312-574-3362 800-849-7182 312-574-3362 800-849-7182

How to detect a drunk driver on the road

It doesn't matter where you are or what time of the day it is, it's important to remember that there could be a drunk driver in close proximity to your vehicle.

This is scary, as you never know if this person will make a mistake that causes an accident. Since this is so serious, you need to learn a thing or two about how to detect drunk drivers on the roads. With this knowledge, you're more able to pinpoint if someone is drunk, thus making it easier to keep your distance and stay safe.

Here are some of the many signs that a person may be impaired:

  • Unable to stay in their lane of travel
  • Driving on surfaces that are not intended for vehicles, such as sidewalks and bike lanes
  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Hitting (or almost striking) objects such as signs and parked vehicles
  • Following others too closely
  • Neglecting to immediately pull away from a red light after the signal changes
  • Signaling that doesn't match up with the actions the person takes
  • Erratic braking
  • Inability to drive in a straight lane
  • Wide turns
  • Forgetting to use their headlights after dark

Just because someone does one or more of the aforementioned actions does not mean they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, it does mean that they are driving in an unsafe manner. If you have any reason to believe a person is drunk, take action by calling 911. Doing so could get the driver off the road, thus saving someone's life — potentially yours.

In the event of an accident with a drunk driver, don't take matters into your own hands. Call for the police and let the responding officer test the person's blood alcohol level. Also, receive immediate medical attention, if necessary.

If it's found that the person was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you're in a better position to take action to collect compensation for your injuries and damages to your vehicle.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Lead Counsel Rated LC
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Rue Ratings Lifetime Charter Member Best Attorneys of America
  • American Association For Justice
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Personal Injury
  • 2016 Top 100 Lawyer Asla
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Super Lawyers
  • Distinguished AV Lexis Nexis Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell For Ethical Standard And Legal Ability
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100
Get a free consultation

Get A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Aurora Office
1444 N. Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 105
Aurora, IL 60505

Toll Free: 800-849-7182
Phone: 312-574-3362
Fax: 312-701-0600
Aurora Law Office Map

Chicago Office
33 North La Salle Street, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60602

Toll Free: 800-849-7182
Phone: 312-574-3362
Fax: 312-701-0600
Chicago Law Office Map