Accidents can be disastrous and car accidents caused by drunk drivers are often deadly. Drinking should be done responsibly and those who are intoxicated should never get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, though you can prevent yourself from driving under the influence, you can’t stop others. If you have been in an accident caused by a drunk driver, there are several steps you should take to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Call the Police
You should always call the police after any car accident. This will help document the accident and will go a long way toward proving liability. Contacting the police is especially important if you believe the other driver is intoxicated. You should inform the officer of your suspicions, so that they will be able to perform the necessary tests. Driving while intoxicated is a criminal charge, so the driver will likely be arrested. This will get them off the road and prevent them from hurting anyone else.
Gathering evidence is vital after a car accident. Memories fade and it may be difficult to remember every detail of the scene. Taking photos of the accident and documenting any damage can aid in the recovery process after the accident.
Even if you don’t think you’ve been injured, you should seek medical attention after a car accident. The adrenaline your body produces during an accident may prevent you from feeling any injuries you may have sustained. Obtaining compensation for any injuries will require an examination from a doctor and these injuries will have to be documented.
Contact an Attorney
Don’t let a car accident cause you any more stress than it has to. Insurance companies are ultimately out for their own gain, so hiring an attorney can help make your recovery process much easier. Hiring an attorney will allow you to focus on healing after a car accident. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today.