If a drunk driver causes an accident that leads to your injury, there are some important steps you can take to ensure the best outcome for you and your family.
Call for immediate medical attention
Immediately after a collision, the adrenaline running through your body may prevent you from feeling the extent of your injuries right away. It’s important to remain as calm as possible and call for an ambulance. Emergency medical responders will examine you at the scene and determine if you need to go to the hospital. If you begin to feel poorly in the hours after the crash, you should seek medical care as soon as possible and report the accident to your provider.
Gather evidence related to the accident
Even though the accident is not your fault, you will have work to do to protect yourself in the aftermath of the crash. If the at-fault driver has insurance, the providers will conduct an investigation of the event and determine if they will offer you a settlement for your claim. Be sure to collect and submit the following information:
- Police officer’s accident report
- Your statement
- Photos and videos taken at the scene
- Contact information of parties and witnesses
Be wary of the first settlement offer from the insurance company, as they are likely trying to resolve the case quickly. You may require long-term care that impacts your mobility, wellness and ability to earn an income. You deserve fair compensation for your losses.
If a drunk driver injures you, you have the right to seek recompense. Your actions during and after the crash can help bolster your claim.