Driving Safely Around Unsafe Drivers in Memphis
With St. Patrick’s Day almost here, we need to talk DUI car accident safety.
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so many partygoers will share the street with commuters and families. In Tennessee, state authorities estimate 40% of car accidents over the weekend will be DUIs.
But what if you’re one of the safe drivers? You may have to share the road with the dangerous drivers, so what can you do to prevent DUI car accidents that hurt you or your loved one?
Three Ways to Protect Yourself Against Drunk Drivers in Memphis
First, if possible, change your route. Drive on smaller streets, and use streets with speed bumps and other deterrents that might slow down dangerous drivers. Memphis drivers speed dangerously down the interstates even on a normal night.
Second, ideally have one other sober person in the car with you. That puts two sets of eyes on the road, so you can better catch signs of any unsafe drivers and avoid them. This person can also call the police if you see someone driving erratically, because as the driver you should keep your own hands free.
Lastly, if by some chance you do come across a driver under the influence and you can’t easily avoid them, use every tool to alert them to their driving. Honk your horn, flash your brights, but don’t ever confront them personally. Police recommend you call 911 and stay on the line with them instead.
Memphis DUI Car Accident Attorney
Sometimes the list above is just impossible. You can’t always escape a dangerous driver or the tragic damage they cause. In most situations on the road, these words from the Prayer of St. Patrick are especially fitting:
May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
As a Memphis car crash attorney, I spend a lot of time thinking about DUI car accident safety. We work with victims of car crashes to recover compensation for their losses, and we can help you, too. If you’ve been injured in a DUI car accident, contact us today at 901-327-1212.