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Preparing for the possibility of encountering an impaired driver

As you travel along Massachusetts roads, you may give little thought to the possibility of a collision. Unfortunately, such an incident can take place in the blink of an eye and under a multitude of scenarios, and the fallout of a crash could leave you with severe injuries and facing a long road to recovery.

Even if you consider yourself to be a safe driver, you may find it difficult to react to the actions of someone who is driving while impaired. While you cannot force others to stay sober while driving, you might be able to take certain steps to reduce the odds another person's decisions will affect your well-being.

Reducing the odds of a crash

Understanding the risks and taking steps to prepare for every possible scenario could help reduce the chances you will encounter a potentially hazardous situation. Some tips that may help keep such negligence from endangering your safety may include:

  • Spacing as a concern: Allowing ample space between your vehicles and others is advisable under any circumstance, and such a decision may give you additional time to react to the decisions of another driver.
  • Use caution at intersections: Drivers who fail to adhere to traffic lights and signs can place your well-being in harm's way, and those who operate a vehicle while impaired are more likely to exhibit such negligence.
  • Time of day and year: While you could encounter a drunk driver at virtually any moment, additional caution may be necessary during the night and on holidays.
  • Use the tools available: Should you encounter a drunk driver, your seatbelt might be the only thing that keeps a hazardous scenario from proving disastrous, or even fatal.

While taking steps to reduce the odds of a collision can be beneficial, it might not always prevent a collision from taking place. Should the negligent actions of another cause a crash to occur, you might be the one left suffering the consequences.

After a crash

Collisions involving drunk drivers can have catastrophic results, and if such a crash leaves you with severe injuries, you could be facing costly medical bills and a long road to recovery. Following the crash, it could be in your best interests to consult with someone with experience in such matters for advice on your available legal avenues. By seeking guidance, you could find yourself in a better position to pursue the full amount of restitution you deserve through a personal injury claim against the party deemed responsible.

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