Any injury in a car accident can be maddening but when it occurs as the result of someone drinking and driving, it can be even harder to deal with. Unfortunately, even with the ease of rideshare options today, drunk driving accidents are all too common. That is why at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we recommend everyone familiarizes themselves with the steps to take after an injury in a drunk driving accident. If you need legal help, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free case evaluation.
Get Everyone Safe
The first and most important step is to make sure that everyone is safe. Yes, even the person who caused the accident. If you are safely able to do so, move your vehicle off the road and turn on your emergency blinkers. Check yourself for injuries. Check your passengers for injuries. Then check on the safety of the other driver and any passengers they may have.
Call for Emergency Help
Call 911 to report the accident – even if there do not appear to be any serious injuries. Remember that the drunk driver must be held responsible for their actions and that is only likely to happen if a police officer is at the scene. If the drunk driver is aggressive or otherwise appears to be unsafe, take that threat seriously and do not engage with them until the police get there.
Get All the Evidence You Need
You will want to prove who was at fault for your accident and that requires gathering necessary evidence. You can use your phone’s camera and video recorder to get evidence of the weather conditions, the intoxication of the other driver, the conditions on the road, the license plate number of involved vehicles, and debris from the accident.
You will also want to get insurance and contact information from the other driver(s) involved and statements and/or contact information from any other witnesses. If you cannot do any of this for any reason, then the police should be able to do so.
Do Not Confront the Drunk Driver
It is not uncommon for a drunk driver to become violent, aggressive, or otherwise confrontational. Do not get involved in this. Yes, you should check to see if they are safe. Other than that, do not engage with them unless the police arrive. The police are trained to deal with them and the last thing you want after suffering an injury is to be further injured by the driver.
If you have been involved in any type of car accident – whether with a drunk driver or someone else – then it is worth it to talk to a personal injury attorney. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 to talk to an experienced lawyer in Riverside.