While the end result of a
car accident caused by a
drunk driver could be the same as a collision caused by a sober driver, the events
leading up to the crash will be quite different. In order to improve your
chances of receiving maximized compensation at the end of your subsequent
injury claim or lawsuit, you will need to focus on these differences to
some extent. In particular, how you react after being in a car accident
with a drunk driver will be of utmost importance.
After being struck by an intoxicated motorist, behave as you would in any
other car accident but be sure to also:
Call the police: Only the police can legally remove a dangerous driver from the road. No
matter what the intoxicated driver says or insists, they should not be
permitted to continue driving that night. Getting law enforcement to the
scene as fast as possible should be a top priority to protect others from
being hit as well.
Maintain a safe distance: You will need to exchange insurance and identifying information with the
other driver but you might want to do this only after the police arrive.
Some people become highly erratic or even violent when intoxicated. Causing
a car accident will likely only further excite or incite these types of
people. If you do not feel like the drunk driver is emotionally stable,
you should respectfully stay at a distance or within your vehicle if it
is safe to do so.
Get the BAC report: Assuming that you did get the police to the scene of your car accident,
the drunk driver should have been tested at one point or another for a
blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level test. You need a copy of the BAC
result to improve the validity of your claim. This might not be available
right away, though. In many cases, a car accident lawyer is actually the
one who speaks with law enforcement at a later date to get a copy of the report.
If you were struck by a drunk driver, our New York City car accident attorneys
at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can help you from start to
finish. We will work all the angles, investigate all the potential evidence,
and construct a solid, logical claim on your behalf, leaving you free
to focus on rest and recuperation. This is just one of the many ways that
our law firm puts clients first and pursues justice.
Let’s start with a free case evaluation. Call 646.461.4009 at any time.