In Wisconsin, drunk driving (Operating While Intoxicated) is a serious
criminal offense. Drunk drivers injure thousands of victims each year
and cause millions of dollars in damages. Although a drunk driver isn't
always easy to spot, here are 5 telltale signs that a driver on the road
might be over the legal limit:
1. Speed Changes
An intoxicated driver may frequently change their driving speed. You might
see them drive quickly one minute and very slowly the next even within
the same speed limit. A person that's intoxicated can focus on one
thing, but it's hard for them to divert their attention to two different
things. That means, if they're too busy focusing on staying in their
lane, they're not going to do a good job of regulating their speed.
If their speed often changes, it may be a sign of intoxication.
2. Low Speeds
Alcohol is a depressant. What a driver thinks is a normal speed may actually
be very slow. If a driver travels very slowly for the posted speed limit
or for the usual flow of traffic, it may be a sign that they're under
the influence of alcohol.
An intoxicated driver often has difficulty staying in their lane of travel.
They might hug the shoulder, cross over the center line, or even completely
cross into oncoming traffic. This sign of intoxication might be subtle.
If they're not staying in their lane like a sober driver can do easily,
they may be driving after having too much to drink.
What may seem like normal driving distance to a drunk driver may not be
normal at all. For that reason, they might follow too closely to other
cars in order to try to give the impression that they're able to keep
up with the flow of traffic.
5. Poor Judgment
When a person is under the influence of alcohol, their driving may show
signs of decreased coordination or an inability to make proper judgments
on the road. They might proceed through a stop sign without stopping.
They might slam on their brakes without a good reason to stop. A driver
might forget to turn off their high beams for oncoming traffic. Any of
these poor decisions could signal a driver under the influence.
If you've been hurt by a drunk driver, you may have a right to compensation.
In addition to compensation for your medical bills, you may be able to
recover for lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. Even if the
driver isn't convicted in a criminal court, you may still be able
to successfully bring a civil action. If you've been hurt, please
Wisconsin drunk driving accident lawyers at Cannon & Dunphy. We're happy to speak with you about your case
and explore your options for recovery.
Call us today to discuss your potential case.