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Motor vehicle accidents: How to recognize a drunk driver

Many motorists in New Jersey have suffered the consequences of drunk driving crashes. Many drivers who would never drive after consuming alcohol fall victim to motor vehicle accidents caused by impaired drivers. The only defense that sober drivers have against drunk drivers is to learn how to identify them and then to do what they can to avoid crossing paths with them.

The most common signs to indicate possible impairment include drivers who weave, drift or swerve through traffic. Tailgating and driving on the wrong side or in the middle of the road could also indicate a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drunk drivers often fail to turn the headlights on when they drive at night, and some drive very slowly -- often to avoid catching the eye of police officers.

Erratic accelerating and slowing down are often telltale signs of impaired drivers. Making unnecessarily wide turns and slow reactions to traffic signals are also typical for drunk drivers. Sometimes, drivers who are under the influence drive with their faces close to the windshield, and they might be spotted drinking while driving.

Motorists in New Jersey who suspect other drivers of being impaired should report them by calling 911. Those who are involved in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers can pursue claims for financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings. The successful presentation of such a lawsuit might result in a monetary judgment to cover financial and other damages.

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