What to Do If You're Injured by a Drunk Driver
Drunk driving car accidents are horrific situations. Despite the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and similar organizations, the number of drivers who get behind the wheel each year while under the influence is staggering. So much death, loss, and injury could be avoided if the driver simply refused to get behind the wheel.
Insurance companies understand they face significant exposure from damages if one of their drivers causes an accident while drunk. However, you still must build a strong, compelling case so that the insurance company will offer you a significant settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, the experienced car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you recover maximum compensation for medical bills, property damage, loss of earnings, pain and anguish, and more.
Call us today at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our skilled car accident lawyers.
What to Do at the Crash Scene
The first thing you should do is make sure that you and your passengers are safe and uninjured. Seek medical attention immediately. Unfortunately, many drunken driving crashes result in serious and even fatal injuries, and emergency medical services may need to be called.
If you are lucky enough to be in a position to make a medical decision for yourself, get evaluated by a medical professional. Oftentimes, car accident victims aren't immediately aware of injuries because they're in shock. A doctor will not only be able to tell if you sustained injuries but also create a medical record that could be beneficial to your personal injury case later.
While on the scene, if it's safe to do so, try to pay close attention to what is happening at the scene of the crash. You might be able to see if the police are administering field sobriety tests to the other driver. The police might even tell you that they suspect the other driver to be drunk. The police will ask you for a statement of how the accident happened. Be frank, thorough, and polite with the officers.
The police may use your statement for court proceedings. Your statement will also be the official record for the insurance company when evaluating your claim. You can always supplement your response, but you cannot change it. Take your time and tell the officers what you know. They appreciate cooperative victims and will take care of you.
After the Crash
Stay in touch with the local prosecutor's office if the other driver was charged with drunk driving. You are the victim of a crime and a necessary witness to the prosecution's case against the other driver. Here are some things you can do to help with your claim:
- You can ask them for a copy of any arrest reports, affidavits, and crash reports filed by law enforcement.
- You should also ask the prosecutor's office if they have a copy of any 9-1-1 calls reporting the accident. These items will contain a significant amount of evidence that will strengthen your case. Do not worry if the prosecutor's office will not give it to you directly; you may need to file a public records request with them or the local law enforcement office to obtain this information.
- You should remain in contact with the prosecutor's office throughout the pendency of the case. Not only will you gather valuable information that you can use at your trial, such as an admission from the driver during a guilty plea, but you will also demonstrate to the drunk driver's insurance company that you are interested in the case and that you will not back down.
Get Help From Seasoned Car Accident Lawyers
Being the victim of a crime can be emotionally taxing, but you can turn to Zinda Law Group for help. Our car accident attorneys have worked with drunk driving victims and will guide you through the process. Our personal injury lawyers will provide you with legal advice and work tirelessly to reach a fair and just resolution of your claim.
Contact us at 800-863-5312 today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you with your claim against a drunken driver.