Most people are aware that drinking or using psychoactive or mind-altering drug makes driving a vehicle unsafe and illegal. It is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Drinking or using drugs and driving can impair balance, coordination, motor skills, reaction time and judgment. That is why seeking legal advice immediately after any type of car accident can be critical.
Avoiding An Auto Accident
According to a recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there are an estimated 10.3 million people age 12 or older (3.9% of adolescents and adults) who report driving under the influence of illicit drugs and an estimated 29.1 million people (11.2%) who reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Given that the odds are high that you will be sharing the road with a driver under the influence, here are a few steps you can take to stay safe:
- Stay sober yourself when driving or operating heavy machinery
- Be mindful of your surroundings – intersections, stoplights, warning signs
- Respect the legal speed limit
- If you feel that another driver is driving dangerously, pull over to the side of the road and let them pass
- Slow down when taking turns or driving on a steep road
‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is an excellent maxim to observe when driving. Sharing the road with or being a passenger with an intoxicated driver is an unnecessary risk. By playing it safe, you are being proactive in protecting yourself and your family.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in an auto accident in Madison or anywhere in Wisconsin, please call our Wisconsin auto accident attorneys at 608-268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Or, please contact Boller & Vaughan LLC for your free initial consultation.