4 Things to Do After Being Injured by a Drunk Driver
Data from the Center for Disease Control shows that 28% of all car accident deaths involved a driver who was impaired by alcohol. CDC data also shows that each day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. It is very important to know what steps to take after being injured by a drunk driver so that you and your Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. car accident lawyer can work together to fight for the compensation and the justice that you deserve.
1. Call the police
After a drunk driver hits you if you can pick up a phone, it is essential to call the police. Calling the police means you are guaranteeing documentation of the accident. This can be key when attempting to file either an insurance claim or a lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused the accident.
When the police officers arrive, they will want to know specifics and exact details about how the accident took place. As best you can, provide them with accurate details of what happened before, during, and after the accident.
2. Collect information
Make a conscious effort to collect as much information as possible from the scene of the accident. This includes contact and insurance information for the at-fault driver, any information of people who could serve as potential witnesses, and photographs of the scene of the accident as well as photos of any visible injuries you may have sustained.
If the driver is still visibly intoxicated and you do not feel comfortable approaching them, ask the police to obtain their information once they arrive. Additionally, make sure to ask the police for the claim number of their accident report so you can request a copy of it when it becomes available.
3. Understand Michigan no-fault laws
You may be able to file a claim against the drunk driver that injured you to recover compensation for the pain and suffering the accident caused you. These benefits can be collected from the insurer of the at-fault driver, or from the driver personally. They are collectible in addition to any no-fault PIP benefits you may be entitled to already from your own insurance company.
Michigan no-fault laws allow you certain benefits no matter who may be at fault in a vehicle accident, but this does not mean you cannot file a negligence claim against the driver who injured you to recover any non-economic damages (also referred to as pain and suffering). Additionally, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages of “excess economic loss,” which can include compensation for lost wages extending beyond the three-year collectable wage loss window that PIP benefits provided.
4. Hire an experienced attorney
Working to prove the negligence of a drunk driver and win compensation for the injuries you sustained in a drunk driving accident can be difficult and confusing, so it is important to make sure you have strong legal counsel on your side. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. have an expert team of car accident and personal injury attorneys like Eileen Kroll who is a registered nurse and a trial attorney and can help you navigate the legal system and work through your case. There are many different steps required to prove negligence, and an attorney at our law firm knows the best ways to help you win your case.
Call our team today at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) to book a free consultation. We never charge a fee unless a recovery is made.