Super Bowl 51 is just a few weeks away, and millions of Americans are looking forward to delicious food, exciting football and quality time with friends and family. Unfortunately, the spike in alcohol consumption invariably means that more drunk drivers will be on the road. Even if you remain sober, it is important that you are cautious if you get behind the wheel after the Big Game.
No matter how responsible you are, though, nobody can control the actions of other motorists. If you are injured by a drunk driver on Super Bowl Sunday, turn to Rensch & Rensch Law.
An Omaha accident attorney will evaluate your case in a free initial consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and non-economic damages. Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a consultation.
How to Spot a Drunk Driver on Super Bowl Sunday
Last year, Nebraska was applauded by the activist group Mothers Against Drunk Driving for its efforts to prevent alcohol-related accidents. The state was awarded 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 for its drunk-driving laws.
Unfortunately, an alarming number of motorists in our state continue to drive under the influence. In 2015, at least 1,094 people were injured and 65 died in alcohol-related wrecks. That same year, there were 5,348 DUI arrests.
The most effective way to avoid a drunk-driving collision is to remain sober if you intend to get behind the wheel. You should also look out for these 12 signs that other motorists are intoxicated:
- Abnormal acceleration or braking patterns;
- Travelling much slower or faster than the speed limit;
- Not turning on the headlights when driving at night;
- Using the wrong turn signal or no turn signal at all;
- Swerving into adjacent lanes;
- Drifting onto the shoulder;
- Straddling the center line;
- Stopping well before or after a stop line;
- Almost hitting a curb;
- Taking wide turns;
- Tailgating; or
- Driving on the wrong side of the road.
What Should I Do If I Suspect a Driver Is Drunk?
If you believe that a driver is intoxicated, it is important that you keep your distance. Do not try to stop the vehicle; the driver might behave erratically to get away from you.
Instead, record the make, model and color of the vehicle. Then, pull over to a safe location and call the police.
If you or a member of your family is injured by a drunk driver after the Super Bowl, turn to Rensch & Rensch Law. An accident attorney in Omaha will help you fight for the highest possible settlement, and if your case goes to trial, our lawyers have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.
We have more than 45 years of combined legal experience. Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also learn more about drunk-driving injury lawsuits in Nebraska by visiting USAttorneys.com.