I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver, What Should I Do?
Being in any type of accident is very stressful but knowing why you were involved in an accident can be equally frustrating and cause emotions of anger towards the driver responsible, especially if they were drinking and driving. This type of driving behavior is very dangerous and usually never ends well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. On average, one in every three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Knowing what to do after an accident can be overwhelming and stressful but knowing what to do after you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver has even more complications that you may need to be aware of. Though it is difficult to give any specific advice for your accident, below is list of items that should help you after an accident with a drunk driver.
Collect Information From the Scene
Getting as much information from the accident as you can will help you with your insurance claims as well as help you with your personal injury claim. You should collect the driver’s contact, insurance, and vehicle information. Take pictures of the accident site and the vehicles involved.
Finding and getting any witnesses of the accident can be very beneficial with getting more information about the accident. Make sure to get their contact information.
Calling for emergency vehicles if someone is hurt should be first priority. Victims of the car crash may need immediate medical care and along with emergency care, the police will be able to provide a police report for the accident.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t have any obvious cuts or bruises, there may be internal damage or injuries that could take time before you begin to feel pain. Having a medical professional check you out is always the best idea. If you start to feel pain later, it may be too late for you to claim these injuries to the accident.
If you suspect that alcohol contributed to the accident, letting an officer at the scene know may help with getting a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading for the other driver. Though the officers investigating the accident should be able to notice if the other driver is under the influence, they must have reasonable grounds or probable cause to believe that the driver was driving drunk. If the crash resulted in fatalities, the BAC of the victim and those involved will always be tested to further investigate the cause of the accident.
Hire an Attorney
If you have injuries from an accident and you suspect or know that the other driver was under the influence, hire an attorney right away. They will be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve for the reckless behavior of another.
Christensen & Hymas has competent and knowledgeable attorneys to help you during this difficult time. Call us at (801) 506-0800 to schedule a free confidential consultation.
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