Four Steps To Take When You’ve Been Hit By A Drunk Driver
Drunk driving is a huge problem in the state of Florida. Every year, there are over 5,000 accidents that are caused by drunk driving in our state. With such a high risk of being involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it is important that all Florida residents know what to do if this ever happens to them. Here are four steps to take immediately after being hit by a drunk driver.
In The Case Of Severe Injury
Before we go into the steps to take, it’s important to highlight that drunk driving accidents can be catastrophic. The injuries from drunk driving accidents are often much more severe than normal accidents because the other driver lacks adequate response time. If you or anyone in your car is severely injured, do not worry about taking these steps. The most important thing to do is get to the hospital for immediate medical care. Once your injuries are treated, then we can take care of the rest.
Five Steps To Take After An Accident
If your injuries are not life-threatening or the pain so severe you need to seek medical attention, these are the steps to take to protect your rights and seek justice for your injuries:
Contact The Police
Drunk driving is highly illegal, so you need to contact the police immediately. When the police arrive, cooperate with them. They will most likely arrest the other driver. Then they will file a police report that gives the details of the accident. It is important to have this information on file so you can prove negligence when filing a claim. If the driver has fled the scene, try to provide the responding officers with as much information as possible to help them catch the criminal.
Collect Evidence Of The Crash
Next, try to collect some evidence from the scene of the accident. Take pictures of your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, and the surrounding street. If there were any witnesses, get their names and contact information. Also, if you can get the name, contact information, and insurance information from the drunk driver. This step can be difficult, but the responding officers will usually help you. This evidence is important not just for their criminal case, but for your injury claim.
Seek Medical Attention
Once you get the okay from the police and have collected all the evidence you can, you need to go immediately to the doctor. Even if your injuries do not seem severe at the time, many accident injuries like TBI, whiplash, and spinal injuries don’t show symptoms for much later. If you do not seek medical treatment immediately, you may exacerbate these injuries and make them worse. Furthermore, seeking immediate medical treatment will connect your injuries to the accident. This will make filing a claim easier.
Contact An Auto Accident Attorney
Once you have taken these steps, it is important that you speak to a qualified attorney that specializes in drunk driving accidents. Even though a drunk driver is default liable for the accident because of their negligence, you may not always get an instant settlement for your injuries. Insurance companies do not care if the other driver was drunk, they only care about their bottom line. An attorney will help protect you from being a victim yet again. They will fight with the insurance companies to ensure you get a fair settlement for your claims.
At Justice Pays, we have represented drunk driving victims in South Florida and helped them get the justice they deserve. Our attorneys work as a team to help ensure that you get the best representation possible. If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, give us a call at 1-833-954-1234. We’ll answer any questions you have and review your next steps.