Every single day, around 28 people die due to being involved in car accidents wherein the other driver has been driving while being alcohol-impaired, and the totality of these fatal accidents reach up to an annual cost of $44 billion. The mortifying side of this fact is that 1,132 children below 14 years old have died due to the recklessness of these alcohol-impaired drivers. Therefore, no one really is an exemption to such type of accidents. However, if you do find yourself involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, here are the steps that you should do:
- Remain calm and assess the situation at hand
Suddenly finding yourself being involved in a car accident due to the recklessness of a drunk driver can ultimately put you in a state of shock. However, it’s very important that you remain calm in order for you to be able to follow the logical steps to take.
Begin to check yourself for any injuries that you might have obtained, then check if your companions are okay. If not, be sure to call 911 and ask for police officers and the paramedics to respond to the scene so that a police report can be made and the seriously injured are brought to the hospital as soon as possible.
- Make sure no one leaves the scene
It’s very important that as you wait for the law enforcement and the paramedics to arrive, you have to make sure that nobody will leave the scene of the accident, especially the drunk driver at fault and the eyewitnesses to the accident. The drunk driver may try to escape and that could lead to a lot of problems especially when you need the driver to be responsible for his actions due to the damages they has inflicted on you.
- Document the scene and the damages
Taking videos and photographs are crucial to these types of accidents especially that it has inflicted such great damages upon you and your property. A certain form of compensation shall be made, and in order for you to prove the extent of the damages, there has to be pieces of evidence that must be submitted to the court. Therefore, be sure you take high-quality photos of the following:
- the scene of the accident
- model, color, and make of the drunk driver’s car
- damages inflicted upon your property
- injuries you and your companions have obtained
- any obstructions which can also be a contributing factor to the accident
- the layout of the road
- skid marks (or lack thereof)
It doesn’t matter if you use your smartphone or a DSLR to take the photos, but the more photos, the better. As long as the photos are of high quality and are clear, then it should be enough.
- Collect information
While you can rely on the police report alone, however, having your own source of information will come in handy. Be sure to collect the following:
- name of the drunk driver
- his contact number
- his insurance company
- complete details of his vehicle
- names and contact information of the eyewitnesses
- names of the officer who responded to the scene
When it comes to being involved in a drunk driving accident with a drunk driver, it’s important that you talk to a personal injury lawyer to begin to assess the situation and know the steps that you can do to be properly compensated for the cost of the overall damage.