Drunk Driving Accidents: Your Questions Answered

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Although we’d all like to believe that other drivers make smart decisions when they’re out on the road, the truth of the matter is that drunk driving is all too common. In 2015, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, and that colossal number doesn’t even account for those drivers who weren’t caught breaking the law. Whether you’ve just been hit by a drunk driver and are wondering about your next steps or you simply want to be prepared as possible for the future, you’ll want to check out our drunk driving accident FAQs below.

What should I do if I’m involved in an accident with a drunk driver?
Following any kind of accident, you’ll want to seek medical attention and cooperate with police officers at the scene. You’ll also want to gather as much information as possible about the other driver involved (including their name, address, contact information, and insurance company) as well as any other witnesses at the scene. Then, you should contact one of the personal injury law firms in your area that frequently handles drunk driving accident cases for additional help.

Can I sue a drunk driver if I was injured?
Although one would hope that you’d never be hurt in a drunk driving accident, if you are, you may need help from a car accident attorney to protect your rights and seek compensation for medical costs and other damages. If the drunk driver is at fault for your injuries, you may be able to file a claim against them for the injuries and damage you incurred as a result. Every state has different regulations pertaining to fault, so it’s important that you consult with a knowledgeable attorney to learn more about the options that would apply to your specific case. But generally speaking, you can bring a suit against an intoxicated driver who caused you physical harm.

If my loved one was killed by a drunk driver, what can I do?
If a drunk driver kills someone due to their negligence, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death suit. Again, the ability to file a claim does depend on the circumstances and state laws (including statutes of limitations). Although it may not be your first thought following such a tragedy, it’s important that you speak with an attorney promptly following this event to give you the best chance of pursuing a claim.

What are some indicators that another motorist might be driving while intoxicated?
We’d all like to avoid being in an accident if at all possible. Although you may not be able to steer clear of a drunk driver who’s determined to inflict pain on others, there are some warning signs that could help keep you safe on the road. Drivers who are under the influence will often tailgate, make wide turns, fail to stay in their lane or will stay close to the center line, brake or speed up for no reason, signal inappropriately, or will fail to use their headlights. You must always be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution if you suspect a motorist may be driving under the influence. Stay as far away from their car as possible and keep behind them, rather than passing them. Gather as much info about the car and license plate as you can while staying safe and pull over to provide this information to 911. Your actions could save a life.

If you or someone you know has been injured in one of these kinds of motor vehicle accidents, you’ll need legal representation on your side to help you through this tough time. Call Mayor Law today to find out more or to schedule a consultation.