There is no denying that getting behind the wheel after even a few drinks can be fatal. However, accidents caused by drunk drivers continue to happen at an alarming rate all across the United States. Over 30 percent of all crash-related deaths throughout the country involve drunk drivers. In a recent year alone, 13,384 victims tragically lost their lives in these preventable collisions. That’s approximately one victim killed in a drunk-driving accident every 39 minutes. Fortunately, not every crash caused by a drunk driver results in death. Still, the injuries you sustain may be devastating and life-altering.
Critical Steps To Take After The Accident
Getting hit by a drunk driver can dramatically alter your life in an instant. One minute, you are driving down the street. Then, suddenly, you are injured and forced to deal with the consequences of another’s recklessness. Immediately following a drunk driving collision, you will likely feel shocked, angry, and confused. However, it is essential to remain as calm as possible and complete the following steps to protect yourself and your family:
- Call 911: It is necessary to call 911 so that the police can respond to the accident scene. When the police arrive, please provide them with as many details as possible about the events leading up to the crash. The police should also have the driver perform field sobriety tests and take a breathalyzer. The evidence collected and reported by law enforcement can be used in your lawsuit.
- Seek Medical Care: Your health and safety should always be your top priority. Check if you or anyone around you needs immediate medical treatment. Even if your injuries are not severe, you should go to the emergency room or urgent care immediately. A healthcare provider’s diagnosis could be crucial, especially when diagnosing latent injuries, such as whiplash.
- Document the Scene: Immediately following the accident is a crucial time to gather as much evidence as possible. Get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the collision. You should also take pictures and videos of the scene, including traffic signals, lighting conditions, street signs, skid marks, the vehicles involved, and your injuries. You can give the evidence you gather to your personal injury attorney.
- Contact a Lawyer: No drunk driving accident victim should ever have to face a legal battle alone. These types of accidents are often complicated and can have serious civil consequences. An experienced drunk driving accident attorney can ensure your legal rights are protected and that you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
Jed Dietrich, Esq. understands everything you may be going through and would be honored to support you through these challenging times. Our battle-tested lawyers are confident that we will get you justice. Please call us today for your complimentary, no-obligation case evaluation. We are available 24/7 at 716-839-3939 or by completing the online consultation form.