Navigating the aftermath when a drunk driver hits your car

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Having your car hit by a drunk driver can be a terrifying and traumatic experience. Despite the shock, it is crucial to take the right steps immediately following the incident to protect yourself and your rights.

There are specific actions you should take after a drunk driver hits you.

Check for injuries

First, check for injuries. If you or anyone else gets injured, call 911 immediately. Even if injuries do not appear severe, it is still important to seek medical attention promptly. Injuries, such as whiplash, from car accidents can sometimes take time to present symptoms, and a medical report can serve as evidence if you need to make a claim later.

Contact the authorities

Report the accident to the police who will create an official accident report. You may need this when you file a claim with the insurance company.

Do not attempt to negotiate with the drunk driver at the scene. Instead, let the police handle the situation. Provide them with an accurate account of the events leading up to the crash and mention any signs of intoxication you noticed in the other driver.

Document the accident

Gathering as much evidence as possible can be helpful. Take photos of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle and any visible injuries you have. Get the contact information of any witnesses who might have seen the accident.

Notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as you can. Provide them with all the details and evidence you have collected.

Being involved in an accident with a drunk driver can be overwhelming. Yet, it is important to remain calm and follow the correct procedures. By taking these steps, you ensure your personal safety and protect your rights.