In California, motor vehicle accidents occur due to a variety of reasons. One of the most common, despite decades of public awareness campaigns, is driving while drunk.
How does drunk driving lead to car accidents?
There are several ways. One is that drunk drivers often have trouble staying in their lanes. They may also drive too fast or slow for the conditions. Another is that alcohol can make people tired and less able to pay attention to their driving. When you’re under the influence, you may also have trouble judging distances and speeds.
Additionally, people who are drunk often take risks that they wouldn’t normally take, like driving through a red light or stop sign. Last but not least, reaction times are slowed when you’re drunk, so if someone cuts you off or something unexpected happens, you may not be able to react in time.
To avoid motor vehicle accidents, it’s important to never drink and drive. If you’re going to drink, have a designated driver or take public transportation. If you see someone who appears to be drunk driving, don’t hesitate to report it to the police.
What should you do if you’re in an accident caused by a drunk driver?
First, please consider calling the police. You’ll need to give them a report of what happened, and it may come in handy later on. Even if you think you don’t have any injuries, it’s also a good idea to go to the hospital right away.
If you’re able to, try to get the other driver’s insurance information. If possible, you should also take pictures of the accident scene. Getting witness statements can also be helpful, especially if the other driver is denying that they were at fault.
Finally, you may contact your insurance company to start the claims process. Your insurance company has its own investigators who can help gather evidence.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of what to do next. But by taking these steps, you can begin to put the pieces back together and increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.