In order to properly drive a car, people need to be able to properly focus their mind and use their body. Without complete control over both of these things, people can make devastating mistakes that lead to car accidents. When a Tennessee driver consumes alcohol before getting behind the wheel, the person risks losing both risks losing both mental and physical control. This makes drunk drivers extremely dangerous.
Other drivers on the road should recognize the signs of a drunk driver. By staying aware, people may be able to alert the authorities and avoid a drunk driving accident. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there are several warning signs that indicate that a driver could be driving under the influence.
MADD warns that erratic driving often indicates that a person is driving drunk. This can include tailgating anther car, weaving in and out of traffic, making abrupt turns and zig-zagging across traffic. Driving in unusual places can also indicate that a driver is drunk. For example, driving the wrong-way, driving down the center lane marker or driving somewhere not meant for cars can show that a driver is under the influence.
Other signs that a driver might be drunk includes driving significantly under the speed limit, delayed reactions to signals, drifting between lanes and driving without headlights. When a driver hits other objects -- like other cars or the curb -- the driver could also be drunk. A driver that signals one way, but reacts another could also be under the influence.
When a drunk driver causes a car accident, that driver can be held financially responsible for the damage. Drunk driving accident victims can contact an attorney to explore all their legal rights and options after being hit by a drunk driver.