This Memorial Day, it is important to be aware of the heightened risk of drunk driving accidents. Unfortunately, with any holiday, especially ones associated with outdoor fun, drunk driving incidents increase. Drunk driving accidents can be life-threatening. If you are a victim of a drunk driver, you have the ability to fight for the compensation you deserve to heal properly.
What should I do if I am injured in a drunk driving accident?
If you have been involved in an accident due to a drunk driver, the following steps will allow you to have a plan of action in place. Follow these steps directly following an accident to protect yourself and set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim should you chose to take legal action:
- The first step you should take following an accident caused by a drunk driver is to call the authorities. The police will be able to create a safer scene by redirecting any traffic necessary. They will conduct a police report and bring any necessary medical attention to the scene.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should treat your injuries immediately. Collect all medical documentation relating to the event.
- Take photos of the damage to your vehicle, the other motorist’s vehicle, and any property damage. Also, photograph any injuries you may have.
- Collect the negligent party’s insurance information.
- Collect any witnesses’ information.
- Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who will be able to collect additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your future personal injury claim. They will be able to collect any surveillance footage as it happened.
How can I pursue a case?
It is possible to be awarded compensation for physical and emotional trauma. This will be completed through a personal injury lawsuit. The injured party will recover compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and the need to hire outside help as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. You can also hold the drunk driver liable for a person’s death. It is possible to be compensated for noneconomical damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
What are dram shop laws?
Dram shop laws place the liability of the business that neglectfully sold the patrol alcohol, resulting in injuries, property damages, or death from the accident. In Washington D.C., victims of drunk drivers can file lawsuits against bars, restaurants, and even liquor stores that served alcohol to the driver that cause the accident.
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