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by Jeff Rasansky - April 11, 2012
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

When the warm weather hits, you can be sure that you’ll see a lot more people out on the road on any given day. This is particularly true during the weekends, when people like to go out and have a good time. Drunk driving is a real hazard during these times of the year. There will be a lot of people out who have had too many drinks and, unfortunately, a lot of them will get behind the wheel, anyway.

Knowing Drunk Drivers When You See Them

injured12Drunk drivers are not always easy to spot. Sometimes, you have to rely on the context. If you see someone signaling and then not turning over and over, they’re probably just lost or confused. If you see this sort of behavior right after 2 am when bars close. However, there’s a good chance that the person is drunk. This is when you want to be very careful and avoid getting close to those drivers.

Some people have the good sense to have a designated driver, but if you see a car full of drunks, be sure you treat it as if the driver were drunk. The driver may be obviously sober, but they could also be distracted by the activity in the car.

The Dangers

According to statistics from the State of Texas, you need to be very wary of drunk drivers. For example, there were over 1,000 fatalities in Texas in 2008 involving drivers who had blood alcohol counts of over the legal limit.

Even when drivers aren’t over the legal limit, they are impaired if they have been drinking. You can see this demonstrated on television shows, read about it in car accident articles and learn about it from law enforcement agencies. One drink an hour won’t put most people over the legal limit, but they’ll definitely drive worse than they would if they hadn’t had that drink.

Be sure you contact a lawyer if someone causes you injury or property damage due to their negligent behavior behind the wheel. A drunk driving accident attorney can determine whether or not it would be worth your while to file a lawsuit against the driver that harmed you. Even if they end up going to jail for drunk driving, you should investigate whether a civil lawsuit is appropriate. The driver going to jail will do nothing to help you recover from the financial damage they did to you or your family.

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