Can you prevent a drunk driving accident?

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You know how dangerous drunk driving is and you constantly warn your children about the consequences. You and your kids know to never get behind the wheel while intoxicated, but other people are not as smart. While you may take every precaution to prevent drunk driving from your end, you cannot control what other people do. You and your kids could still be at risk of getting into an accident caused by a drunk driver.

However, there are extra safety steps you can take to keep you and your kids safe from drunk drivers on the road. You cannot control everything, but you can make sure you are as safe as possible.

Tips for protection

Even if you are not driving drunk, you may still be at risk for being involved in an accident with other intoxicated drivers. While some elements of driving are out of your control, you and your teen drivers can still take extra safety measures to keep safe. Here are four tips you can use to guard yourself against drunk drivers:

  • Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure other passengers are bucked up - This can provide extra protection in the event of an accident.
  • Keep a substantial following distance - Having enough space between you and the car ahead can help you avoid dangerous behavior from other drivers such as speed changes or swerving.
  • Be extra vigilant at intersections - Intoxicated drivers may be prone to missing stop signs or stop lights.
  • Avoid being on the road near bar closing times - This can decrease your chances of encountering drunk drivers.

These tips may not be fail-safe, but they can help you avoid and prevent accidents.

What should you do in the event of a crash?

Unfortunately, sometimes accidents still occur, despite your best efforts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration almost 10,000 people in the United States die from drunk driving accidents every year.

If you or one of your children were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can seek help. The driver in question may be responsible for paying damages for medical bills and car repair. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you and your kids recover.

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