I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver; What Should I Do?

June 13, 2023
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Getting hit by a drunk driver can be a traumatic experience. You’re probably dealing with physical injuries, emotional distress, and financial hardship and wondering where to turn.

If your life was turned upside-down by an impaired motorist, it is important to know what to do next. After all, building a compelling personal injury claim essentially starts at the scene. That means the steps you take in the immediate aftermath and in the weeks that follow could have a major impact on any subsequent claims you file.

With that in mind, here are some of the most important things to do after getting hit by a drunk driver:

1. Seek medical attention immediately.

Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Impact injuries are not always immediately apparent, but they can lead to serious complications if left unchecked.

2. Call the police.

The police will need to investigate the collision and may be able to arrest the drunk driver. They will also file a formal report, which can serve as evidence later.

3. Get the other driver's information.

Make sure to get the other driver's name, address, insurance information, and license plate number.

4. Take pictures of the scene of the accident.

This will help to document the damage and the other driver's actions.

5. Do not speak to the other driver's insurance company.

The insurance company will try to get you to make a statement which can often be used against you in court.

6. Hire an experienced personal injury attorney.

An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can represent you in court if necessary.

If you have been hit by a drunk driver, it is important to take action immediately. By following these steps, you can protect your legal rights and seek the compensation you deserve.

Here are some additional tips that may be helpful:

  • Get a copy of the police report. The police report will document the details of the accident, including the names of the drivers, the injuries sustained, and the damage to the vehicles. Hopefully the officer was able to take photographs, dash camera video, and collect the adverse driver’s blood alcohol level.
  • Keep a record of your medical expenses. This includes doctor's bills, hospital bills, and any other expenses related to your injuries.
  • Keep a record of your lost wages. If you have been unable to work because of your injuries, be sure to keep track of your missed paychecks, so you can include them in your claim.
  • Keep a record of your pain and suffering. This includes any emotional distress, physical pain, or mental anguish that you have experienced as a result of the accident.
  • Do not sign anything from the other driver's insurance company without carefully understanding the impact. The insurance company may try to get you to sign a release that waives your right to sue. Do not sign anything without first speaking to an attorney or fully understanding the nature of the document.

Call 864-585-3873 to Discuss Your Case with a South Carolina Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

If your life was derailed by a drunk driver, you deserve justice. For help seeking it, turn to Hodge & Langley Law Firm. Our compassionate team will fight tirelessly on your behalf in pursuit of the compensation you deserve. Call 864-585-3873 or submit our Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer in South Carolina.



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