The time after an accident is always stressful and overwhelming, and the turmoil can be exacerbated when the accident was caused by a drunk driver. Victims of accidents caused by drunk drivers should seek legal representation from attorneys with experience in such cases.
Before you can retain an attorney, though, here are some of the steps you should take:
- Check all parties: Determine if you or anyone else needs medical attention. You should prioritize the health and safety of everyone in the accident.
- Move your vehicle: Get your vehicle to a safe place on the side of the road so you can wait safely for police and emergency medical services to arrive. If your vehicle is disabled, you should get out of it and move to a safe place off the road when the road is clear.
- Get evidence: Take photos of everything; license plates, damage to the vehicles, injuries. If the driver is visibly drunk, take video of them exhibiting symptoms of drunkenness. Take photos of any empty bottles or other incriminating evidence. If they attempt to flee the scene of the accident, try to at least get a photo of the car, or memorize a description of it.
- Be careful who you talk to: Do not, for example, make any statements about the accident either to the other driver or their insurance company. Work with an attorney to negotiate with insurance companies and to maximize your potential recovery. Never post anything on social media about the accident.
These are just a few steps you should take in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. For more information about your legal options, contact a trusted Bradenton, FL accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.