What To Do if You Get In a Drunk Driving Accident
Getting in a car accident is scary. There is nothing like the feeling that comes over you when you know you are about to get hit. Every car accident is unfortunate, but drunk driving accidents bring unique challenges.
Texas is in the top 10 states for DUI-related car accident injuries and fatalities. Even though we all hope to never fall victim to drunk drivers, the chances of that happening are higher in Texas. It’s good to know what you should do in the event of an injury to yourself or a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver.
Here are 5 things you should do to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your losses:
- Involve the police immediately
If you are hit by a drunk driver, you need to involve the police immediately. In many cases, witnesses call the police before you even have a chance to. When the police arrive, be sure to let them know that you think the other driver is intoxicated. Your testimony can help a police officer establish grounds to administer a field sobriety test and also provides important information for the accident report.
- Seek medical attention no matter how mild your injuries are
Seeking medical attention is a no-brainer when you have serious injuries. But, even if you are not badly hurt, it is wise to get a medical examination. A medical professional can assess all injuries and foresee underlying issues that could appear in the coming days (such as whiplash). Documentation of medical treatment is extremely important in personal injury cases, so you want to get medical attention as soon as possible and attend any follow-up appointments.
- Find a personal injury attorney and file a claim
Drunk driving accidents can be legally complex, and you need an attorney that is experienced in litigating drunk driving cases. Intoxicated drivers should be held accountable for their actions and victims should receive maximum compensation. A personal injury attorney can help you file your claim and provide guidance on how to pursue justice. You can file for a personal injury claim even if the defendant does not face any criminal charges.
4. Work with your attorney to gather evidence
Judges will look at information like eye-witness accounts, photographs of the scene, the accident report, medical records, and medical bills. You will want to work with your attorney to gather the necessary evidence to strengthen your case.
5. Don’t settle without your attorney’s guidance
In many cases involving car accidents, the defendant’s insurance company will reach out to you offering a quick settlement. This offer typically sounds good, but you should under no circumstances accept it. Never settle until you’ve consulted with your attorney to ensure you are getting compensated fairly.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident, Ryan can help. Contact the Law Office of Ryan C. Solis, PLLC, at (956) 686-9600 for your free legal consultation today.