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What's the best way to spot a drunk driver?

As everyone who drives is aware, it doesn't matter where you are driving or the time of the day, there is always a chance that you could find yourself part of a motor vehicle accident.

There are many causes of these accidents, including driving under the influence of alcohol.

When people have too much to drink and then get behind the wheel, there is a greater chance that they will cause an accident, even if they only drank a tiny bit, or they think they "handle their alcohol" well.

As a driver who wants to remain safe at all times, it's important to do two things:

-- Never drink and drive

-- Learn how to spot drunk drivers

Here are some of the telltale signs that a person may be driving under the influence of alcohol:

-- Quick acceleration and deceleration

-- Driving down the center line

-- Failure to move when a traffic light turns green

-- Driving the wrong way on a one way road

-- Signaling that does not match driving actions

-- Stopping without reason

-- Striking objects on the side of the road, such as parked vehicles and signs

-- Driving in excess of the speed limit

-- Driving 10 miles per hour or more less than the speed limit

-- Making illegal turns

Just because somebody does one of these things does not mean that he or she is drunk. However, if you realize that a person is continually making poor decisions, there is a chance that he or she may be under the influence of alcohol.

The best thing you can do is keep your distance if you have reason to believe that somebody is drunk. From there, contact the authorities so that the person can be pulled over as soon as possible.

Despite your best efforts to avoid an accident with a drunk driver, you may find yourself in this position at some point. If so, do the following:

-- Contact the police and an ambulance

-- Receive medical treatment and follow through with your treatment plan

-- Learn more about your legal rights

You may be able to file a lawsuit with intentions of receiving payment for your injuries and other damages. An attorney can review your accident and help you decide which steps to take in the days and weeks that follow your accident.

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