The holidays are a special time, with families and friends coming together to exchange gifts and engage in other traditions. In many cases, these celebrations involve alcohol, and all of the family get togethers, office parties, and reunions often result in more drunk drivers on our roadways. In some cases, these drunk drivers end up injuring other motorists and passengers, often with devastating results.
Fortunately, if you have been injured by a drunk driver, there is a strong chance that you will be able to recover compensation for your losses. Below we discuss four steps you should take after an accident with a drunk driver to protect your rights. For more information, call our office to speak with an attorney.
Undergo a Thorough Medical Evaluation
It’s critical to seek medical attention after an accident, even if emergency medical personnel cleared you to go home and you do not have any apparent serious injuries. In some cases, your injuries may take a few hours or days to become symptomatic, and you want to make sure to get medical attention as soon as you can. In addition, seeing a healthcare professional will create documentation of your injuries that you may need later when making a claim.
Follow Your Treatment Plan Exactly
Next, you should be sure to follow your doctor’s orders as closely as possible. For example, if you are prescribed pain medication, fill your prescription and take your medication as directed. Similarly, attend any recommended follow-up appointments your doctor requests. Failing to do so could have a negative impact on the outcome of your case.
Do Not Discuss Your Case with the Other Driver’s Insurance Company
Do not discuss your accident with the other driver’s insurance company, and certainly do not give them a recorded statement. While you may feel like your case is “open and shut” because the other driver was drunk, the fact is that insurance companies do everything they can to settle cases for as little as possible. They will often ask leading questions or engage in other tactics that are designed to get you to say something they can use against you. If you are contacted by an insurance company representative, politely tell them that you are in the process of retaining an attorney.
Call a Lawyer as Soon as Possible
Finally, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can after an accident has happened. An attorney will review your case and determine whether and how much compensation you may be eligible for. In addition, your lawyer will protect your rights when it comes to dealing with the insurance company.
Contact Salam & Associates for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been hurt by a drunk driver, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can. At Salam & Associates, we know how to help victims of drunk drivers get the compensation they deserve under the law. Our lawyers are licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and D.C. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact us online at www.salampc.com or [email protected].