With drug and alcohol awareness improving, the number of fatalities due to intoxication is going down as the years pass. However, over 10 thousand lives are still taken away by drunk drivers every year, and illegal drugs still play a part in nearly 20% of auto accidents.
When you’re involved in an auto accident, one step that you shouldn’t overlook is to find out if the other driver is intoxicated. While it’s important not to invade someone’s personal space, there are simple signs you can look for. Consider the following:
- Eyes: bloodshot or glassy eyes, dilated or constricted pupils
- Odor: smell of alcohol, drug-associated odors, smells that you don’t recognize
- Speech: slurred, slow, not making sense, saying unusual things
- Walk: stumbling, dragging, bumping into things
- Mood: aggression, laughing at the incident, inappropriate behavior
Don’t be ashamed to simply ask the driver if he happens to be using drugs or drinking. You might even suspect it, but the signs don’t show. When all else fails, let the authorities do their job and find out for you.
Remember, we’re using the term intoxication to mean not only being under the influence of alcohol, but drugs as well. Over a million intoxication-related traffic arrests are made each year, and you should never be one of them. If you ever find yourself a victim of such an accident, contact Michael Goldberg, Attorney at Law or another lawyer on the GWC team immediately.