Dealing with a car accident is stressful, particularly if you suffered serious injuries in the crash. Unfortunately, handling a collision caused by a drunk driver adds another layer to your legal claim. Being hit by a drunk driver can make it easier to recover in some open-and-shut cases. However, it can also make your personal injury claim more complex when the evidence is contested.
No matter your situation, you should follow certain steps after a drunk driver hits you, including calling a Houston personal injury lawyer right away. Contact a Houston car accident lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500 if you’ve been in an accident involving a drunk driver.
Thing To Do Following An Accident With a Drunk Driver
- Put Safety First: Immediately following a collision, always put your safety first. Check to see how you and your passengers feel. If it is possible, someone in the car should call 911 right away to report the accident and ask for emergency medical personnel. If you believe you’ve broken a bone, suffered a head injury, or are bleeding significantly, do not try and get out of the car unless the environment is too unsafe to stay. However, if you are in reasonably good health, get out of the way of traffic as best you can. This may mean moving your vehicle or getting out of the car.
- Exchange Information: Once you have moved to a safe area, you would normally exchange contact information. However, if you were hit by a drunk driver, this may be difficult. If you try to speak with the other driver and notice signs of inebriation, take note of what you see, hear, and smell. You may want to write your observations down so that you can remember better later. If the other driver is reasonably coherent, exchange personal, contact, and insurance information.
- Offer Your Suspicion to the Police: You cannot determine whether someone is inebriated based on a brief discussion, but you can tell the police your suspicion once they arrive. The police can then measure the driver’s blood alcohol content level to see if it is at .08 percent or higher or gauge whether the driver shows signs of being on drugs. If the police believe alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident, they are likely to arrest the other driver and ticket them for a DUI.
- Gather Evidence: No matter the information you are able to immediately obtain, next move on to documenting the accident. Use your phone to take pictures of your vehicle, any other vehicles involved, and the scene surrounding the accident, such as broken road signs or fences or tire marks on the pavement.
Call an Attorney After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
If you were in a collision caused by a drunk driver, you should contact an experienced Houston personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Whether you file a third-party insurance claim or take your personal injury claim to court, an insurer, judge, or jury is going to be looking at whether the other driver was negligent in causing the accident and subsequently, your injuries. Being negligent means a driver did not uphold their duty toward you and other drivers and pedestrians on the road. All drivers have a duty to take reasonable care while on the road and not put others in harm’s way. A driver can be negligent by failing to do something they should, like stop at a red light, or doing something they should not, like driving while intoxicated. If the other driver was indeed negligent, you may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more in both economic and noneconomic damages.
Talk to a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you know you were hit by someone who was intoxicated at the time, do not hesitate to reach out for legal help. You deserve to receive compensation for your injuries after a collision, and at The Krist Law Firm, P.C., that will be our main priority. Whether we can negotiate a beneficial settlement with the other driver’s auto insurer or you need to file your claim in court, we will tenaciously represent your rights.
Call us today at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.