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What to Do When Encountering a Drunken Driver in Cedar Rapids

To help prevent a Cedar Rapids car accident when witnessing a drunk driver remember what you see, keep your distance, and call the authorities.

Have you ever witnessed a vehicle driving erratically? Perhaps the driver was swerving in and out of his lane, braking unexpectedly or driving extremely slowly. It is very likely that this driver was intoxicated. You should be careful when encountering these drivers, as they are the cause of many car accidents.

Do you know the correct steps to take when encountering a possible drunk driver? If not, don’t feel bad: many people don’t know what to do when they see a drunk driver on the road. There are three basic steps you can take to keep yourself and others on the road safe:

  1. Keep your distance. It is important to maintain your safety as well as the safety of your passengers at all times. If you suspect a driver of being drunk, you should keep to a distance that will allow you to react to any erratic behavior. Pull off the road and wait until it is safe, if you must.
  2. Remember what you see. As you see the vehicle driving, try to memorize the license plate number, color, and make of the car. If you have a pen and paper handy write the information down when it is safe to do so.
  3. Call the authorities. The local police should always be notified when a drunken driver is on the road. If you know the number for the local police station, call it. If not, call 911. Give them the information you wrote down so they will be able to easily identify the vehicle.

Unfortunately, drunken driving accidents are very common and dangerous. If a drunk driver has injured you, contact a Cedar Rapids car accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham to discuss your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation. Just for calling, we would be glad to send you a FREE copy of our Accident Assistance Guide for you to keep in your glove box.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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