What Should I Do If I’m Injured by a Drunk Driver?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2015, more than 1.17 million arrests were made across the U.S. for people driving under the influence, and over 10,000 individuals were killed in automobile accidents in which at least one driver was impaired by alcohol.
These crashes can take a devastating physical and emotional toll on the victim. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you have certain legal rights. Making the right choices after the accident puts you in the best position possible to be made whole again.
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What Should I Do at the Scene?
First, always contact the police and ensure you receive proper medical treatment. The immediate safety of you and other drivers on the road is always the primary concern.
Make sure to cooperate fully with law enforcement. The police can determine through testing whether the at-fault driver was intoxicated. This can be used as evidence in any future case against the drunk driver. If possible, ask the police for the drunk driver’s name, address, and insurance information. This will help you in the next steps.
What Should I Do Next?
Make sure to obtain full medical treatment, including long-term care, from a qualified doctor as soon as possible. Your health is critically important.
You also need to file a claim with the drunk driver’s insurance company. The insurance company will ask you to provide evidence the drunk driver caused your accident. Any arrest records and police reports should then be given to the insurer.
Should I Contact an Attorney?
Yes. Victims of drunk drivers are often burdened with:
- Excessive medical bills
- Temporary or permanent injuries
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle repair costs
- Loss of future income
- Disfigurement and disability
These costs are not yours to bear. As an injured victim, you are entitled to compensation from the other driver’s insurance company. Unfortunately, the drunk driver’s insurance company will likely offer you an inappropriately low amount. The insurer will also ask you to sign a release to receive any money. Signing the release can take away your ability to sue the insurance company or the driver.
It is critical that a competent and qualified Phoenix personal injury attorney review any settlement offer or release before you take any action. A seasoned personal injury lawyer can investigate and review the facts of your case and counsel you on how to best move forward.
Unlike general practitioners, Phoenix personal injury attorney will know the ins and outs of a negligent drunk driving case. He or she can help you file and pursue a lawsuit against the drunk driver’s insurance company. Remember, you were the victim in the crash and now you are paying the price for someone else’s illegal choice. You need a qualified attorney to advocate for you to ensure you regain the best qualify of life possible.
Our Phoenix Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, our Phoenix injury lawyers will fight tirelessly to help you seek compensation for medical bills, property damage, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced Phoenix drunk driving accident lawyer. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.