Auto Accidents

Workers Compensation

Social Security

Storm Damage Claims

Call Now For A Free Consultation

(941) 625-4878
Attorney Referrals
& Co Counselor
Contact All Injuries Law Firm

Warning Signs To Help You Spot Drunk Drivers In Port Charlotte

This year has flown by, to say the very least. Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas is rapidly approaching, and New Year's Day will be here before anyone even realizes it. The latter is actually today's focus. Drunk driving is a problem everywhere, and it really doesn't matter the time of year. However, it is safe to assume many people will be consuming alcohol this New Year's Eve to ring in 2023.

And unfortunately, that means some of them will choose to get behind the wheel intoxicated. If that happens, accidents will be born. Don't simply take our word for it, though. Take a peek at these stats from the FLHSMV. In 2020, there were 4,554 alcohol-confirmed crashes across Florida. The events were responsible for 349 fatal accidents and 384 fatalities. Also, the accidents caused 393 incapacitating injuries and 2,203 other injuries. 

So, if you're out and about in Port Charlotte on Conway Blvd, N Tamiami Trail, or another road, be on the lookout for these drunk driver warning signs. Then, take appropriate action to steer clear of them and avoid a crash. In addition, if someone is suspected of driving under the influence, it will be in everyone's best interest for you to report them to the police.

Not Using Headlights After Dark

Cars are equipped with headlights so that people can see to drive at night. Sometimes, drivers forget to turn on their lights, though. Have you ever caught yourself, let's say, leaving a store and forgetting to turn on the lights until you reach the edge of the parking lot? You quickly fix your mistake and go on your merry way. 

The same can't always be said for drunk drivers in that they often don't catch the mistake. Instead, they drive around, squinting their eyes, and wonder why the lights seem so dim. If you see someone traveling for an extending period without any headlamps or taillights illuminated at night, that may be a tell-tale sign of a drunk driver. Then again, the vehicle could be having a mechanical issue. In either case, you should keep a safe distance. 

Swerving Out Of A Lane

Something else to be on the lookout for is a driver swerving out of their lane and into the one next to them. They may completely cross the line or catch themselves halfway, jerk the steering wheel, and try to correct their driving. It is also possible for their cars to drift in the other direction and cross onto the shoulder. Stay safe and report this behavior because whether the person is falling asleep, drunk, or something else, someone is going to get hurt. 

Ignores Traffic Signals

Drunk drivers commonly ignore traffic signals. Perhaps the liquid courage tells them they don't need to stop for stop signs or red lights. Or maybe the intoxicated individuals simply don't see the items because of their blurred vision. If you see a car ignoring traffic signs and signals this New Year's Eve, be leery because they could be a drunk driver.

Have you been injured by a drunk driver in a Port Charlotte accident? If so, you might have the grounds to seek compensation. Contact All Injuries Law Firm to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident attorney and see where your claim stands.

Featured Video