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What are the first steps I should take after being injured in a drunk driving accident?

What are the first steps I should take after being injured in a drunk driving accident

If you've been injured in a drunk driving accident, taking the right steps immediately after the incident is crucial to protect your health, preserve evidence, and ensure you have the best chance of seeking compensation for your injuries.

What Steps Should I Take After a Drunk Driving Collision?


Here are the first steps you should take:


Seek medical treatment. Your health and well-being are the top priorities. Call emergency services or seek immediate medical attention for yourself and others involved in the accident, even if injuries appear minor. Prompt medical evaluation will document your injuries and ensure you receive the necessary treatment.


Report the accident. Contact the police to report the drunk driving accident. Law enforcement will create an official report detailing the incident, which can be valuable for your insurance claim and any potential legal action.


Gather information at the accident scene. If you are physically able, collect important information at the scene, including the name, contact details, and insurance information of the drunk driver, as well as any eyewitnesses. Take photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any visible injuries.


Do not engage with the drunk driver. Avoid any confrontation or discussion with the drunk driver. It's best to stay calm and wait for law enforcement to arrive.


Refrain from making statements. Be cautious about discussing the accident with anyone other than the police. Do not admit fault or apologize, as this could be used against you later.


Preserve evidence. If possible, preserve any evidence related to the accident, such as damaged personal belongings, torn clothing, or anything that may help prove the extent of the accident's impact on your life.


Contact a drunk driving accident lawyer. After seeking medical attention, consider reaching out to a drunk driving accident lawyer. An attorney can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries.


Notify your insurance company. Promptly report the accident to your insurance company, even if the other driver was at fault. Cooperate with your insurance provider, but avoid giving recorded statements until you have consulted with an attorney.


Document your injuries. Keep a detailed record of your injuries, medical treatments, and related expenses. This documentation will be crucial for your personal injury claim.


Follow medical advice. Comply with all medical treatment plans and follow your doctor's instructions to support your recovery and demonstrate the seriousness of your injuries.


Remember, each car accident case is unique, and the steps you take immediately after the accident can significantly impact the outcome of your claim. Seeking legal advice early on can help protect your rights and ensure you pursue the compensation you deserve.

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If you've been injured in an auto accident, don't settle for less than you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Our dedicated team will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve for all accident-related damages. Contact us today to learn more.


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Brett Sachs

Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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