College students are often injured in drunk driving accidents

As a college student, you understand the importance of staying on the "straight and narrow." After all, it only takes one mistake to put your future in jeopardy.

Unfortunately, there could come a time when somebody breaks the law and causes you harm. For example, another college student (or anyone else, for that matter) could have too much to drink, get behind the wheel, and then cause a serious accident.

Signs of a drunk driver

Despite the fact that you're 100 percent sober, it doesn't mean that everyone else on the road is in the same state of mind. For this reason, you need to know what it takes to spot a drunk driver. With this knowledge, you may be able to remove yourself from a potentially dangerous situation.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has discussed seven signs that a person may be driving drunk:

  • Quick acceleration and deceleration.
  • Inability to stay in his or her lane of travel.
  • Tailgating other vehicles (or you).
  • Weaving in and out of traffic with no regard for other vehicles.
  • Striking objects, such as other vehicles, traffic signs or the curb.
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
  • Neglecting to follow the rules of the road, such as by running through a stop sign or traffic light.

If you notice somebody acting in this manner, it's important to take a couple key steps:

  • Keep your distance as to lessen the likelihood being struck by the driver.
  • Contact the authorities to report the driver.

Even if you're keeping your distance, it's essential to contact the police. From there, an officer in the area can take action. This can help protect others who may not be aware that the person is drunk.

If you're a college student involved in an accident with a drunk driver, the first thing you should do is receive medical treatment. Even if you're feeling okay after the accident, don't hesitate to seek the advice of a medical professional.

At that point, you can then learn more about your legal rights. If a drunk driver caused your accident and injuries, you may be able to receive compensation. You can use this money to pay for treatment associated with your injuries.

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