Being a driver in the southern California requires a great deal of care. As a safe driver, you will likely already be aware that you have to give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination. You will also limit your distractions while you are behind the wheel. Taking personal responsibilities for your driving is not enough, unfortunately. Even the safest drivers run the risk of undergoing a car accident and this is because drivers cannot control the actions of drivers around them.
As State of California drivers, we owe a duty of care to other drivers and pedestrians. Failure to do so can affect our ability to drive and can also devastate the life of those injured. As previously mentioned, however, even the safest drivers are exposed to negligent drivers on the road. The following article will highlight important steps you should consider if you have been hit by a drunk driver.
Contact Emergency Services
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, contact emergency services immediately by dialing 9-1-1. The negligent driver will face penalties which could include imprisonment and fines by way of a criminal court action. He or she could also be held liable for the injuries he or she may have caused by a civil personal injury law suit.
Contacting emergency services will also establish a record about the circumstances of the event. Be sure to speak to the responding officer who will make a written report about your version of events. You may also be able to ask the responding officer the opportunity to look over the report as well as have him or her make changes to any discrepancies you see in the report. If you do not receive an immediate copy, but sure to find out when, and where you can get a copy of the report.
Whether or not you were injured by the drunk driver, you should always contact the police if you have reason to believe the negligent driver was drunk or not. It is always better to have a police officer make the necessary tests on the driver than to assume he or she is not drunk and have another innocent bystander be later injured. This documented condition of the negligent driver can help your injury claim dramatically.
Collect Important Information
After an accident, you should always collect information when possible. If you have the ability to do so, collect the contact information of any bystanders, witnesses, and even the other driver you were involved in the accident with. If it is possible, attempt to take pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident. You may also want to take pictures of the scene which may include, but are not limited to:
- Posted street signs
- Weather conditions
- The conditions of the street
The Bottom Line
Being struck by a drunk driver can be a terrifying experience. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, take the necessary steps to ensure that your rights are protected in the aftermath of the incident. If you have been struck by a negligent driver, consider speaking to a qualified attorney who can champion for your rights. If you have been injured by the negligent driver, an attorney can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries.
Attorney Justin H. King has helped many victims obtain financial compensation for the injuries negligent drivers have caused. Attorney Justin H. King has extensive experience in dealing with serious auto accident claims.