No matter the severity, car accidents can be very scary. But when you find that you are dealing with a driver who seems to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, it can amplify the situation.
The most frustrating aspect of accidents involving intoxicated drivers is that these situations could have been prevented had the driver not gotten behind the wheel. When you are involved in an auto accident with a drunk driver, it’s extremely important that you take the proper steps to ensure that he or she be held responsible for your damages to the fullest extent of the law. Here’s what to do when you are involved in a crash with a drunk driver.
1. Call 9-1-1.
When you have been involved in an accident it’s important that you stay on the scene and dial 9-1-1 to let the dispatcher know who you are, what has occurred, and where it has occurred. If your vehicle is located in an unsafe place, if it is possible to safely move it to the side of the road do so. Police who arrive at the scene will write an accident report, often obtaining the testimony of eyewitnesses. This report can be very helpful when it comes to proving your case.
2. If possible, capture videos and pictures of the accident and scene.
If you are seriously injured, it’s most important that you seek medical attention immediately. However, if you can take videos and pictures of the accident (the vehicles, location, witnesses, road, injuries, etc.) it can be of great help. If you are unable but can have someone else you trust to do the same that is also helpful. Since memory can fade with time and the other driver will likely contend with your claims, these images can help to prove what happened.
3. Collect witness information.
What can also help to prove what happened: the testimony of witnesses. While you don’t have to spend time getting their take on what happened while you’re at the scene, by collecting their full names and telephone numbers you and your attorney will be able to contact them later on to bolster your claims.
4. Keep copies of documents related to expenses and lost wages.
You will likely seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Therefore it’s important that you maintain copies of any documents related to these expenses as well as any lost wages. Be sure to keep these documents in a safe place that you will easily be able to locate. It’s often also a good idea to keep a notebook documenting your recovery and treatment – especially if it’s detailed.
5. Contact a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney
Lastly, it’s important that you show up and contribute evidence at proceedings at which the defendant is facing prosecution. Your voice is extremely important when it comes to receiving the best possible outcome for your case. By consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorney, you can improve your outcome.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash in California, it can have a major impact on just about every aspect of your life – and the lives of your loved ones.
At the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, our experienced California personal injury lawyers work strategically to help our clients obtain just compensation. When you become our client, you will have peace of mind knowing that our legal team is on your side. We will guide you through all aspects of your personal injury claim and make sure that your interests are protected. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us today!