The aftermath of a car accident is always confusing. When you have been hit by a drunk driver and sustained serious injuries, it can become particularly hard to know what steps to take next. The steps you take now can greatly hurt or help any personal injury claim you file later, so it is important to know what to do. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, below are the five most important steps to take.
It is important to report any serious car accident, especially one that involves a drunk driver. Calling 911 will ensure that law enforcement visits the scene and creates a report. If they suspect the other driver is drunk, they will include that within their report. A documented report of the impaired driving is important evidence when proving the other driver was at fault for the crash. Never allow anyone to talk you into resolving the matter before the police arrive
There is a lot of information to collect at the scene of the accident. You should exchange basic information with all other drivers involved, including their name, contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance and registration information. If the other driver is too impaired to provide you with this information, you should ask law enforcement, who will obtain it for you.
While at the scene, you should also collect evidence that shows how the crash occurred. This can include photographs and video surveillance footage, as well as eyewitness statements.
You should always seek medical treatment after any car accident, and that includes after you are injured by a drunk driver. Your health is the most important priority after a crash, and you must get the medical attention you need immediately. However, it is just as important to seek medical treatment so you can document your injuries. Medical records also provide valuable evidence that show the severity and extent of your injuries when trying to prove your case to the insurance company to claim the full damages you deserve.
The insurance company will likely contact you right away after the accident. They want to offer you a lowball settlement that will not fully cover the cost of your injuries. If you accept that offer, you cannot go back for more in the future, so you should always speak to an injury lawyer before accepting a settlement. When speaking to the insurer, also only give them the basic details of the accident and do not say more than necessary. They will use whatever you say to them to deny you the full damages you deserve.
An Illinois car accident lawyer is an invaluable resource after being hit by a drunk driver. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., our skilled attorneys will collect the valuable evidence you need and negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you recover the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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