In 2013, more than 10,000 Americans died in accidents involving drunk drivers. Thousands more victims suffer injuries, many of them life-altering, from collisions caused by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol.
If a driver was drunk when he or she was involved in an accident, that driver is nearly always going to be determined to be the party responsible for any victims’ injuries. Consuming alcohol inhibits an individual’s ability to perceive distances, react to obstacles and other drivers, judge his or her surroundings, and maintain the ability to walk or drive in a straight line. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers throughout the United States is .08%. Anybody found operating a motor vehicle whose BAC is at or above this limit may face a charge for driving under the influence (DUI).
If you plan to go out drinking, know your personal alcohol limits and keep your alcohol consumption low. Better yet, opt not to drink if you are driving or designate one person in the group to abstain from alcohol and drive. If you live in an area that has public transportation options, choose this over driving to stay safe. Never, ever drive if you are intoxicated. If you have to, call a taxi or rent a hotel room for the night. Do not endanger others by driving drunk.
Despite choosing to walk, take public transportation, or designating a sober driver while out with friends, you can still be involved in an accident with a drunk driver. If this happens, call the police immediately to come to the scene.
Pull off the road into a shoulder or parking lot if you can. If it is safe to exit your vehicle after a collision, do so to check on all other parties involved. This includes the driver who caused the accident. If anybody is in need of emergency medical care, call 911 for an ambulance right away.
The next step is to exchange insurance information with all other involved drivers and obtain a copy of the official police report. Be sure to get any other drivers’ insurance policy numbers and their contact information. Take down the officer at the scene’s badge number and contact information as well. You will need these documents for your personal injury claim. Take photographs of the accident to include with this documentation as evidence. If any bystanders witnessed the accident, take down their contact information as well. They might need to provide oral or written testimonies to support your personal injury claim later.
After leaving the scene of the accident, seek medical care for your injury in a timely manner. The sooner you receive a diagnosis and treatment for your injury, the better chance you have of making a full recovery. Do this even if your injury seems minor – in many cases, an injury left untreated can become much more serious, demanding greater treatment measures than it would have needed if the victim had been proactive and sought medical care shortly after his or her accident.
Receiving timely medical care for your injury is important for your personal injury claim as well. It can be difficult to prove that you truly need monetary compensation for your injury if the documentation shows that you waited to seek treatment. And if you wait longer than four years to seek treatment and file a personal injury claim, you lose the right to seek monetary compensation. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations and once it expires, you can not file a personal injury claim.
If you have been injured in a collision with a drunk driver, you deserve to receive monetary compensation for your economic losses. After you have received a proper diagnosis and treatment for your injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to begin discussing your personal injury claim. Contact the Dolman Law Group to schedule your initial legal consultation with us. We can provide you with the compassionate legal guidance and representation you need as you pursue your personal injury claim. Do not wait to make the call – contact our firm today at 727-222-6922.
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