Know the Signs of a Drunk Driver in San Diego
Drunken driving accidents in California have become a serious problem. All too often, this type of accident will result in an innocent victim being seriously injured or killed. In fact, in 2008 over 1,000 people were killed in California in accidents where at least one driver had a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.
A sober driver may be unaware that there is a drunk driver on the road until it is too late. Often times there are signs that a driver may be under the influence. Knowing these signs may be able to keep a driver and his passengers safe while on the road. Some of the common signs that may indicate a driver is under the influence include:
- Wide turns – Due to the impairment that alcohol causes, a person driving under the influence tends to make wide turns. Seeing a driver who swings out wide to make a turn that would otherwise be easily made, may be a sign that the driver is impaired.
- Straddling lanes – It is difficult for an intoxicated driver to concentrate on the road. To compensate for this, drunken drivers often straddle the lanes to help them concentrate. They do this without realizing they are driving down the middle of the road.
- Weaving – Because being impaired takes away the ability to focus and drive straight, impaired drivers tend to weave in and out of their lane. Often times, they will weave within their own lane.
- Extremely slow speeds – Trying to focus on the road will lead a intoxicated driver to drive slower than normal. It is not uncommon for these drivers to drive more than ten MPH under the speed limit.
If you have been injured by a drunken driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced San Diego car accident lawyer Keith J. Stone to discuss your legal options. Call 888-59-HELP-NOW to schedule a free case evaluation.
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