Most people know that driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs is extremely dangerous. Alcohol or drugs impairs your physical and mental functioning, and those are the two things you really need to operate a vehicle safely. When people make the poor decision to drink and drive, they put others at risk.
It is important to know that DWI accidents can be prevented. While you cannot prevent every DWI accident from occurring, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family from being involved in an accident. You can start by never drinking and driving yourself. Here are a few more tips to avoid a DWI collision.
TIPS FOR AVOIDING A DWI ACCIDENT
A few of the ways you can prevent an accident are listed below.
DO NOT DRIVE DISTRACTED
To avoid an accident of any kind, it is important to be focused on the road at all times. If you are not distracted, you will notice another driver swerving. This way you can potentially avoid a collision. Distracted driving is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving, so do not be a part of the problem. Put your phone away and minimize distractions as much as possible. Distracted driving is also illegal in our state, per the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
When you are concentrating on the road and driving defensively, you could avoid being hit by a drunk driver. If you have already been hit by an intoxicated driver, it may not have been your fault. You cannot possibly prevent every accident, even when you are not engaging in distracted driving.
APPROACH INTERSECTIONS WITH CAUTION
Intersections are a major point of contact between vehicles. Many accidents occur at intersections, including those with drunk drivers. Make sure you approach intersections cautiously, especially at night. Wait a few seconds before proceeding through an intersection if stopped at a light. This can allow reckless drivers to pass through—the ones who are not planning on stopping at that red light, or whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs.
When you pass through an intersection, take the time to look at any traffic that is oncoming. When you look first, you could prevent an accident. If you do not look, you could be caught unaware.
DO NOT GET IN A VEHICLE WITH A DRUNK DRIVER
You can just as easily be injured in an accident as a passenger as you can as a driver. Just as you do not want to drink and drive, you also do not want to get into a vehicle with someone else who is making the poor decision to drink and drive. Be smart. Avoid injury by not getting into a car with a drunk driver.
HOW A DWI ACCIDENT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE
A collision caused by drunk driving could cause you tremendous life hardships. You could experience a frightening ordeal, which could result in serious injuries and mental trauma for you. You could be handed medical bills you cannot afford and could miss earning wages due to your injuries.
If your vehicle was involved in the accident, it could be damaged or destroyed. You will need money to repair or replace your vehicle. Injuries can cause intense pain that could affect your life happiness in a negative way. Serious injuries could be permanent and could limit your mobility.
Some people never overcome their car accidents. We do not want that to happen to you. We want you to know that you do have an outlet if you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Texas.
WINNING DAMAGES FOR A DWI ACCIDENT IN TEXAS
While you would avoid an accident if you could, that is not always possible. You could be unable to prevent an accident and could thus be forced to deal with injuries and other negative effects. You deserve justice for an accident caused by a reckless driver.
Justice could be sought in criminal and civil court, as the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) confirms. Filing a civil claim or lawsuit can help you recoup financial losses after an accident. This can help you put your accident behind you and feel that justice was done. Learn more about pursuing a dangerous driver in civil court by reaching out to our law firm.
REACH OUT TO LONCAR LYON JENKINS IF YOU HAVE BEEN HURT IN A DWI ACCIDENT
We hope we answered the question of how DWI accidents can be prevented. Safe driving practices and smart decisions can help you avoid being hurt in a drunk driving accident, but of course, you cannot prevent every accident. If you have been hurt due to a drunk driver, you could be owed financial compensation for your injuries and suffering.
Filing a car accident claim is your right when you or a loved one was hurt due to another person’s wrongful or negligent actions. A DWI accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you go after the person who caused you or your family member pain and damages.
Dial (800) 777-7777 to reach our office and obtain a free case evaluation.