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Steps To Take After Being Hit By A Drunk Driver

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Unfortunately, alcohol continues to be a leading cause of traffic fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 11,000 lives are lost yearly due to drunk driving*.

Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Alcohol significantly diminishes your ability to operate a motor vehicle, but it also slows reaction time and impairs judgment.

You may not know what to do if you’re involved in an auto collision. Lucky for you, we’ve listed helpful steps to take.

Signs You’re Being Rushed Into a Settlement

  • Rushing into a settlement never benefits the victim. Not sure if you’re being rushed into a settlement? Here’s what to watch for:
  • Asking you to sign paperwork before speaking to your lawyer
  • Being bullied into accepting a small check
  • Downplaying your damages, emotional harm, and psychological treatment
  • Making you see their preferred auto mechanic
  • Pushing you only to be evaluated by a doctor they choose
  • Pressuring you for a recorded statement

Steps to Take After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver

  1. Stop and Remain at the Scene
    Being hit by a drunk driver can leave you flustered, especially if it’s a hit and run. But, no matter what happens, you must stay at the scene and contact the authorities.
  2. Document as Much as Possible
    You need as much evidence as possible if a drunk driver caused your car accident. Take videos, photos, and or notes of the following:1. Name
    2. Number
    3. License number
    4. Plate number
    5. Insurance information
    6. Commercial or private vehicle
    7. Medical records
  3. Know Your Rights
    Even if an intoxicated driver isn’t charged with a DUI, you can sue him/her. As long as there is evidence to verify the driver was operating a motor vehicle at the time of the accident, the driver can be held liable.
  4. See a Doctor
    Don’t make the mistake of not being seen by a doctor. Too many car accident victims don’t see a doctor right away. Either they don’t feel immediate pain, or they think the pain will fade over time. Failure to receive treatment right away may result in the insurance company using that information against you.
  5. Contact the Insurance Companies
    Tell your insurance company that a drunk driver has hit you. Only provide the information to start the process of filing your claim. If unable to connect with your insurer, contact a trustworthy car accident attorney experienced in drunk driving.

Don’t Fall Into the Traps of Insurance Company

  1. Don’t Sign Medical Releases
    If you’re injured due to the actions of another, their insurance company may pressure you to sign a medical release. Do not sign.
  2. Don’t Rush to Settle
    You may be tempted to settle fast and return to your everyday life, but don’t. If you don’t let the process play out, you may not be able to seek maximum compensation. Make sure you hire a reputable attorney and secure a good deal before agreeing to a settlement offer.
  3. Don’t Trust Insurance Adjusters
    It may seem like a simple chat, but a claims adjuster is trained to trick you. If you’re not careful, you’ll admit to the accident being partially your fault. You may even say something to lessen the value of your drunk driver crash claim.

You Need a Lawyer After a Drunk Driving Accident

Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents happen every day. If the insurance company’s offer was unfair or the other party’s insurance company is being difficult, you need professional representation.
Shapiro Law Team attorneys will assess your injuries and property damages, then seek maximum compensation. We’ll fight on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve. Best of all, you pay nothing unless we win your case.

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