No one expects to get into a car crash, but if you’re involved in one and are hit by a drunk driver, it’s important for you to get the care you need and to build a case to get compensated.
If you’re hit by a drunk driver, there are a few things you can do to help make your case stronger. Some ideas include:
- Taking photos or videos at the scene to show empty bottles, open containers or other signs of drug or alcohol use
- Writing down everything you can remember from before the crash, such as if the other vehicle was weaving or if the driver was driving erratically
- Making sure you get witness information for anyone willing to speak about the collision
Doing these things will make it easier to build your case. Of course, if you are injured and unable to do these things, then your priority should be seeking medical care as soon as you can.
Should you settle with a drunk driver?
It is probable that you’ll receive a settlement offer at some point after being hit by a drunk driver. Their insurance company may call you almost immediately after the crash to try to make an offer and get you to settle.
Don’t settle right away. Why? Right now, it’s not yet clear how your injuries will impact you in the long-term. You may also not be sure if you need repairs to your vehicle or if you’ll need other financial support for expenses you hadn’t considered.
Instead of settling when an insurance agent calls, it’s better to forward them to your attorney’s office. They will be able to discuss negotiating with the insurance company and help you know what may or may not be a reasonable offer.
You deserve to have time to understand all that has happened
Everything that has happened to you so far may feel overwhelming. You may need time to let yourself adjust to your new normal. Working with someone who can take over the legal aspects of your case will help you focus on what you need to do for yourself following a crash with a drunk driver.