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What to do if you were hit by a drunk driver

| Dec 23, 2018 | Firm News |

No one should ever get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. In some cases, this inebriation leads to a collision, which happened when one Richmond resident struck two parked cars after a night of drinking. Fortunately, no one sustained injuries, but this instance could have ended much worse. 

Eventually, you may find yourself a victim of a car accident. These collisions happen every day in Georgia. You may naturally feel angry and confused, and those emotions will only heighten if it is apparent the other driver is under the influence of alcohol. Here are the steps to take when you believe a drunk driver caused the crash. 

Contact the police

You should call the police after any kind of car accident, but it becomes even more vital when a drunk driver is the cause. You need to keep the drunk driver at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. If you suspect the driver will leave, write down all pertinent information about the vehicle. Writing down the make, model and license plate number of the car ensures the police will be able to track down the driver later. At this point, the driver will also have to contend with hit-and-run charges. 

Cooperate with the cops

The police will want to talk to you once they arrive. It is important to answer all questions truthfully. If there is something you are unsure of, then avoid guessing. You should also avoid volunteering information the police do not ask about. 

Seek a doctor’s help

Once the police finalize their report, they will most likely take the intoxicated driver into custody. You should go to a doctor’s office or hospital at this point to get your wounds looked at. It is paramount for your insurance claim to know precisely what injuries you sustained, so have all injuries documented by a medical professional shortly after the collision.