According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 people die daily in drunk-driving crashes in the U.S. Knowing what to do after a DUI accident and in the days afterward can be pivotal for protecting your rights and pursuing compensation. Some of the steps you can take at the accident scene include:
- Remain at the accident scene: It is crucial not to leave the accident scene—this can be a criminal offense. If you can do so safely, stay at the accident scene and call 911 for medical help as well as law enforcement.
- Take photographs: If you can do so safely, taking photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles can provide you with invaluable evidence. Photos could help to reconstruct an accident and establish fault. Taking pictures of any injuries, if possible, can also be helpful as proof of your damages.
- Collect witnesses’ contact information: If you can, collect contact information from all those involved in the accident, including any eyewitnesses and other drivers.
- Hire a car accident lawyer: It is never too early to contact a car accident law firm for legal advice and assistance. Your lawyer will aim to protect your rights, negotiate with insurance, and move your claim through the legal system.
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The Days and Weeks After a DUI Accident
If you have suffered extensive injuries and property damage that exceeds insurance payouts, you may wish to hold the DUI driver to account for your financial losses. In this case, the days and weeks after an accident are crucially important. It can help to focus on:
Seeking Medical Advice
If you have not already done so, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to make sure you have a medical report stating all your injuries. You will also want to rule out that you have any serious delayed-onset injuries.
Getting your paperwork in order can help your claim immensely. Gather medical reports and bills, car repair receipts, evidence of lost income, and any other out-of-pocket costs arising from your accident. Do not forget receipts for prescription drugs, medical transport costs, medical devices, and supplies.
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Keeping a Journal
Keeping a journal can prove helpful later on. You should note the details of your recovery, any pain, and medical treatments. It is impossible to remember everything, and a journal can be useful evidence of your damages and physical and emotional suffering.
You can choose to be as involved as you want in your personal injury claim. If you want to work closely with your lawyer, you can choose to do so.
We Can Help
DUI accidents cost lives and can destroy the livelihoods of those injured. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having more sobriety checkpoints and stringent enforcement of the minimum legal drinking age could prevent many accidents and fatalities.
Knowing what to do after a DUI accident and how to protect your rights can make or break your claim. If you suffered harm in an accident with an intoxicated driver, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine promptly. We can discuss your legal options and potentially help you hold a drunk driver to account. Call us now for a free consultation at 1-800-747-3733.