Being involved in an automobile accident is dangerous and traumatic as it is.
But if you are hit by someone driving under the influence (DUI), things can get even worse.
While dealing with the physical agony and shock, it may seem impossible to make any measured response.
However, the actions you take there and then can have a significant impact on any legal proceedings or claim applications going forward.
Here’s a simple guide enlisting the steps you need to take if you are a victim of a DUI:
Remain At The Scene
The first thing to remember if you are involved in an accident is to remain as calm as possible and ensure the car has come to a complete stop. Do not leave the site unless staying would put your safety at risk.
Instantly assess the situation and dial 911 for police and medical assistance. While the emergency services arrive, if possible, make every effort to help any other drivers or passengers who are involved in the collision.
In an automobile accident, photographs and video records may both be useful pieces of evidence. So, if you are physically able to do so, take photographs or films of the event.
An accident reconstruction specialist may be able to testify about how or why the incident occurred with these photographs.
Photos of any obvious injuries are also quite useful in pursuing a claim against the individual who was at fault. Hence, before heading to the hospital, try to take as many clear images as you can of the injuries.
Don’t Make A Statement
The legal procedure for a DUI accident can be very tricky at times. Missing out on some key details can become a hurdle in the future.
To avoid this, refrain from making any type of statement, be it an apology or any description of the event. The most suitable approach would be talking to your attorney before making any kind of recorded statement.
Gather Valuable Information
Information is going to be playing a vital role in the investigation of the accident.
Firstly, keep an eye out for witnesses because in a civil trial, as they have to be called to recount the events.
Also, try to pay attention to the car details, the driver, or any other passenger in the car. This may prove crucial for any future claim you plan to pursue.
By staying calm and following the above-mentioned steps, you can strengthen your case for future legal proceedings.
Plus, having a qualified lawyer by your side to assist afterward ensures you receive the compensation for the injuries and damages caused by the drunk driver. Isn’t that precisely what you want?
Meet with the lawyers at Franks & Rechenberg for more guidance and counsel!