If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, you’re not alone. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates than 3 out of
every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident.
Like any car accident, an alcohol-fueled crash can be frightening and disorienting.
Here are a few tips to remember if you ever find yourself in this situation.
- Check on your passengers. Before you do anything else, make sure you and
your passengers are alright and not in desperate need of medical attention.
- Call the police. Even if the accident was relatively minor, you should
call the police. It’s important for your safety to have a police
officer present who can take the suspected drunk driver into custody.
- Check on the other driver. If the other driver does not seem belligerent
or dangerous, talk to them and make sure they’re alright too.
- Keep track of information. Write down the license plate information of
the other driver and get the contact information of any witnesses. If
you can, get the other driver’s name, contact information and insurance
- Request a police report. Get a copy of the police report for your own records.
It will be helpful later when dealing with insurance carriers.
- Call your insurer. Let your own insurance company know what happened.
As the victim of a
drunk driving accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for a number of
expenses including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Sometimes, however, insurance carriers don’t want to pay out and
will dispute your claims.
If you need help negotiating a settlement with an insurance provider,
contact thecar accident attorneys at the Kyle Law Firm today.