April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, along with Alcohol Awareness Month. Both distracted driving and driving while intoxicated are the top reasons people seek out an Arizona DUI injury lawyer. With people getting injured all the time by distracted or drunk drivers, it’s important to know the signs to look for to discover a distracted driver.
Signs a Driver Is Distracted
A distracted driver is one that is not paying attention to the road. People will talk on the phone, look for directions, and even check their email. Distracted driving also occurs when a parent is trying to control screaming children, the radio is too loud, or the person looks down at a map to figure out where they are. Signs of a distracted driver include:
- swerving over the yellow line
- stopping abruptly
- inconsistent speeds
You may also notice a driver looking down and not paying attention to the road. The signs of a distracted driver and one that is driving while intoxicated are pretty similar, although you may notice more significant swerving with a drunk driver.
To Avoid Distracted Driving Yourself
Stay off your mobile media, and even switch off the car radio if you find it distracting. If you are tired and are having trouble focusing, stop and take a break. While this is basic advice, many people don’t pull over when they should to take a break and they find themselves involved in a serious car accident.
If a Car Accident injures you
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, it’s important to seek medical assistance first without worrying about anything else. Even if the accident was small, you should contact the authorities to get the accident properly documented. Once you receive treatment for your injuries, continue following all the advice from medical providers. Go to all your appointments and attend rehabilitation as suggested. The more you cooperate with medical treatment, the easier it will be to establish what your injuries are and what you did to try and heal from these injuries.
Proving the other side was driving distracted or drunk may be difficult. This is why it is important to call the police if you get injuries. With a recreation of the scene, it will determin who was at fault and what the reason behind the accident was.
In conclusion, if you believe a drunk or distracted driver injures you, and you need a DUI Accident Injury Lawyer, we can help. We have years of experience fighting for DUI Accident Victims and we know how to win your case. If you have questions, give us a call to set up your initial consultation.