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What To Do If You Were Injured By A Drunk Driver

Drunken driving accidents are horrific albeit avoidable situations. Despite the efforts of MADD and other organizations, the number of drivers who get behind the wheel each year while under the influence is staggering. So much death, loss, and injury could be avoided if the driver simply refused to get behind the wheel. Insurance companies understand they face significant exposure from damages if one of their drivers causes an accident while drunk. However, you still must build a strong, compelling case so that the insurance company will offer you a significant settlement.

Immediately After The Crash

The first thing you should do is make sure that you and your passengers are safe and uninjured. Seek medical attention immediately. Unfortunately, many drunken driving crashes result in serious, if not fatal injuries, and emergency medical services might need be called. If you are lucky enough to be in a position to make a medical decision for yourself, get checked out. It is better safe than sorry.
While on the scene, if it is safe to do so, try to pay close attention to what is happening at the scene of the crash. You might be able to see if the police are administering field sobriety tests to the other driver. The police might even tell you that they suspect the other driver to be drunk. The police will ask you for a statement of how the accident happened. Be frank, thorough, and polite with the officers. They will use your statement for court proceedings. Your statement will also be the official record for the insurance company when evaluating your claim. You can always supplement your response, but you cannot change it. Take your time and tell the officers what you know. They appreciate cooperative victims and will take care of you.

After The Crash

Stay in touch with the local prosecutor’s office if the other driver was charged with drunk driving. You are the victim of a crime and a necessary witness to the prosecution’s case against the other driver. Here are some things you can do to help with your claim:

  • You can ask them for a copy of any arrest reports, affidavits, and crash reports filed by law enforcement.
  • You should also ask the prosecutor’s office if they have a copy of any 911 calls reporting the accident. These items will contain a significant amount of evidence that will strengthen your case. Do not worry if the prosecutor’s office will not give it to you directly; you may need to file a public records request with them or the local law enforcement office to obtain this information.
  • You should remain in contact with the prosecutor’s office throughout the pendency of the case. Not only will you gather valuable information that you can use at your trial such as an admission from the driver during a guilty plea, but you will also demonstrate to the drunk driver’s insurance company that you are interested in the case and that you will not back down.

We Help Victims of Drunk Drivers

Being the victim of a crime can be emotionally taxing but you can turn to us for help. Our Colorado personal injury attorneys have worked with drunk driving victims and will guide you through the process. Our attorneys will provide you expert legal advice while working work diligently to reach a fair and just resolution of your claim. Contact us at 303-800-1501 today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you with your claim against a drunken driver.



 

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