Drunk drivers present a real danger on the road. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunk driving fatalities in Iowa represent 32.5 percent of all traffic deaths, a 7.3 percent increase from the previous year. If you suspect that a driver is driving while intoxicated, it’s important that you take action because doing so could save a life from a fatal car accident. Here’s what to do if you see a drunk driver.
Maintain a Safe Distance
A characteristic sign of a drunk driver is sporadic driving. As such, maintaining a safe distance is incredibly important – a drunk driver may stop unexpectedly, speed, or swerve out of control, causing an accident. Keep a safe following distance, or change lanes so that the drunk driver can pass you. Never try to overtake a drunk driver or try to signal to him or her that s/he should pull over; getting as far away from the driver as possible is in your best interest.
If possible, make a mental note of any pertinent information about the vehicle that you can. This information may be critical if you call the police to report the driver.
Report the Driver
If you believe that the driver is drunk and that they are an imminent hazard to themselves or others on the road, you should call 911. When speaking to the operator, make sure you provide as much information about the vehicle as possible.
- License plate number
- Precise location
When placing your phone call, make sure that you’re pulled over to a safe area of the road first because talking on a cell phone while driving is very distracting and dangerous. You can call the non-emergency Iowa police number to alert them of assumed drunken drivers. A driver doesn’t have to be blackout drunk to merit a phone call, any alcohol-related accident worries (alcohol mixed with drugs, someone who isn’t drunk but has consumed alcohol and that has fed his or her road rage) should be reported to the police.
What to Do if a Drunk Driver Causes an Accident
Unfortunately, even when you’re driving safely, if there’s a drunk driver on the road, you may be at risk of becoming a victim. If you’re in an accident that’s caused by a drunk driver, it’s important that you know what steps to take next. In addition to seeking medical care immediately for your injuries, you should also contact an attorney.
An Iowa car accident attorney can help you on multiple points.
- Gathering evidence
- Filing your claim
- Proving the fault of the drunk driver
- Negotiating a settlement amount that fully pays for your injuries
To learn more about why the team at Walker, Billingsley & Bair is the right choice to handle your car accident claim, contact us today to set up a free case consultation at 888-435-9886.