With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is the beginning of the busy holiday season that is packed full of fun festivities. People get together and enjoy the end of the year with festivities like holiday parties that include alcohol. People who attend those parties, as well as any event that includes alcohol, should designate drivers to ferry them home after the party ends. Sadly, all-too-many make the deadly decision to drink and drive.

Drunk driving puts everyone else on the roadways in danger. These innocent people can be seriously injured or even killed because a drunk driver chose to operate a vehicle. You can reduce your chances of harm with vigilance regarding any signs that someone is intoxicated while driving. You can then stay away from that vehicle or alert the authorities so they can try to stop the drunk driver.

A driver who is intoxicated might weave in and out of lanes. They might make wider than normal turns, drive too fast or too slow, brake erratically or fail to use headlights while driving at night. In some cases, they might respond too slowly to traffic signals or come close to hitting objects or people.

If you are injured in a drunk driving accident, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries. Make sure you get the medical care you need, and then get to work on your case. A personal injury attorney can help you hold the drunk driver accountable for their actions, regardless of whether or not there is a criminal case pending against the driver.

Source: State Farm, “Tips To Prevent Drinking And Driving,” accessed Nov. 13, 2015