Finding yourself involved in a car accident can be extremely unnerving, but it can be even worse when the other driver appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, driving under the influence isn’t uncommon. The worst is that these accidents can be totally prevented.
When you’ve been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s imperative that you do what you can to ensure that the other driver faces the proper repercussions and that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Here are 5 steps to take if you’ve been in an accident with a drunk driver.
1. Dial 9-1-1.
When you’ve been involved in any accident – but especially one with a drunk driver – it’s important that you remain on the scene and call 9-1-1. If your vehicle is in an unsafe place and you can safely move it to the side of the road, then do so. Tell the dispatcher where you are and who has been involved. When police arrive on the scene they will write up an accident report, which can be extremely valuable for your case.
2. Take pictures and videos if possible.
Memory fades with time making it hard to prove what we saw. The best thing that we can do therefore is to take pictures and videos of the vehicles, the location, injuries, witnesses, and the crash scene if possible. These images can help to demonstrate the driving conditions at the time of the crash. If you are unable to take them because you are seeking immediate medical attention, have someone you trust take them for you.
3. Collect witness information.
Once you leave the site of the crash, it can be very difficult to find those individuals who witnessed the accident. Therefore it’s best to obtain witness information immediately after the crash. You’ll want to save their full names and telephone numbers.
4. Maintain copies of any documents concerning expenses and lost wages.
Since you’re likely going to seek compensation for damages, it’s in your best interest to collect copies of all documents that pertain to any expenses and lost wages that you’ve incurred. You may also want to maintain a notebook documenting your method of treatment and the nature of your recovery.
5. Show up and participate in all legal proceedings.
To ensure that your voice is heard (and that you will receive the best outcome), it’s also in your best interest to appear at all legal proceedings held for the drunk driver’s prosecution.
The Attorneys at Miller & Tischler, P.C. Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a drunk driver, you should not have to be bear the burden alone. When you are already dealing with so much, the last thing that you want to do is to have to worry about tackling the legalities of your situation.
The Michigan personal injury attorneys at Miller & Tischler, P.C. can help you to fight for the compensation that you deserve. We understand the seriousness of your injury and the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that you have endured and will continue to endure. We can help you to gather the necessary evidence and build a case to help you receive the most optimal outcome. We’ll help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!