How Victims Can Protect Themselves After a Drunk Driving Accident
What happens when individuals on the road are impaired? With so many drivers on the road, the moment that one person is impaired by alcohol, it can lead to serious problems, including potential accidents that result in serious injury.
Alcohol can cause the driver’s vision and decision making to be impaired, as well as increase in fatigue which can impact them while they are driving. Even if for just a couple of seconds, this inebriation means the inability to prevent a serious crash from occurring.
Following a drunk driving accident, individuals who have sustained significant injuries should recognize that there are important steps for them to take. The initial shock and adrenaline may make it difficult to remember certain things but having a clear understanding of these steps is important.
Taking these steps means having a strong chance at protecting your rights and putting your best interests forward. After a drunk driving accident, here are some of the things you should do to protect yourself and your ability to file a lawsuit.
Exchange Important Information
Once you have gotten out of your vehicle and moved over to the sidewalk, you want to be sure you’re exchanging some important information regarding how to contact the negligent party, as well as their insurance policy.
Some of the information you want to consider would be the driver’s license and license plate, as well as insurance policy information, contact information, and anything else that can be considered when pursuing a claim.
During these exchanges, however, you may smell alcohol on the breath of the negligent party, making you aware of the potential of drunk driving. This could present you to make the next step as quickly as possible.
Contact the Proper Authorities
Having the proper authorities come out to the scene of the accident does a number of things from which you may benefit. For instance, they may put together a report detailing statements from both involved parties, as well as witnesses, about what happened during the accident.
This can help determine liability and fault.
Also, drunk driving is a crime. It is something that the other driver should be held civilly and criminally accountable for their actions. The authorities can detail in the accident report that the driver was drunk and impaired.
Take Pictures of Important Factors
Once you’re able to, you want to be sure that you’re taking pictures of some very important factors, including the following:
- Take pictures of the scene where the accident occurred. Certain factors may come into play when you file a claim like whether or not there are tire marks or if there are missing or broken traffic signals that may have played a role in the cause of the crash.
- Take pictures of the damages to your vehicle as well as the other vehicle. It may seem difficult, but there are some ways that the location of the damage on your vehicle and that of the other party can identify who was at fault for the crash.
- Take pictures of any visible injuries that you may have sustained as a result of the accident. Broken bones, bruises, or any lacerations can be used as evidence that you were in fact harmed as a result of the accident.
Pictures are some of the most important pieces of evidence and can be used to solidify your case further. Often times, the pictures can help correspond with your take on the situation, helping to prove that the other party was in fact at fault.
Speak with a Lawyer As Quickly As You Can
There are a lot of things to be done before legal matters can be taken against a drunk driver. However, it’s important to seek legal representation as quickly as you can so evidence can be preserved and your rights can be protected.
A lawyer can also discuss some of the potential legal options that you may have. For instance, you may be able to sue the drunk driver and his or her insurance company for the damages they caused by driving while intoxicated, but there may be other options available to you as well.
Speaking with a lawyer quickly means you get an experienced party on your side who knows how to work and build a strong case as quickly as possible so you can focus on your own recovery while having a professional focus on the legal matters you may be experiencing.
At Peterson & Associates, our Kansas City drunk driving attorneys work hard to help our clients reach the outcome they desire when they need it the most. Nobody should have to deal with the aftermath of a drunk driving accident on their own, especially when the cause of the crash is a wanton disregard for safety of others on the road.
We work hard to determine who is at fault, prove that negligence was involved, and pursue the compensation—and justice—that you deserve. You can put your trust in our team to guide you through the process every step of the way.
Our experience and history of success should give you peace of mind when selecting our firm to represent you. Trust that we don’t back down and we’re not afraid of a challenge when it comes to holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions.
When you need legal counsel for an injury caused by a drunk driver, call our firm today at (816) 298-8708.