Too many people get behind the wheel when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When they do this, they endanger the lives of everyone around them. If you are in a crash with a driver who may be impaired, there are crucial signs to look for.
Signs and evidence of impairment
Before a crash occurs, you can watch other drivers to spot signs of impairment. This could include:
- Driving recklessly
- Driving too slowly
- Going the wrong way on a road
- Following you too closely
- Making aggressive moves or gestures
If you see someone driving this way, steer clear of them. When it is safe to do so, you can call the police.
However, it is not always possible to see and avoid impaired drivers. Under these circumstances, collecting evidence that proves the other driver was impaired is crucial. This evidence can include:
- Cell phone records (to show whether a person said or did something on their phone to suggest they were drugged or drunk)
- Witness statements
- Reports from an accident reconstructionist
- Video recordings from dash cams or surveillance cameras
- Blood, breath and other tests that measure the presence of drugs or alcohol
- Police reports
It can sound overwhelming to collect all this information. Thankfully, it is not something you need to handle yourself. You can work with an attorney who knows how to pursue this evidence and use it appropriately.
Why does it matter?
A car crash can take a toll on your life long after you leave the scene. You can be struggling with physical and mental damages, not to mention medical bills, missed work and overwhelming stress.
While you might receive a settlement offer from an insurance company, chances are it will not reflect the total amount you may deserve after a crash with an impaired driver. Thus, collecting evidence can help you prove your side in any personal injury lawsuit you might pursue.
Money will not prevent others from driving while impaired, nor will it undo the damages you suffer in a crash. However, it can help you get the financial support and legal accountability you need to recover.