If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, then you know that it can be difficult to gather your thoughts, feelings and any sense of what needs to be done. The shock of what has just happened is so high.
However, legal experts and law enforcement officers agree that there are certain best steps to practice in the immediate aftermath of an accident—especially a collision involving a drunk driver.
Be prepared by reviewing these steps list below:
1. Check Yourself
The most important thing to do first after a drunk driving accident is to check and make sure that you are unharmed. It’s crucial to make sure that you are alright before you move on to other passengers or your car’s damage.
2. Get to a Safe Area
After you’ve made sure that you are free of injury, move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road and away from traffic if possible. Turn on your hazard lights to make others on the road aware of the situation.
3. Call 911
Call emergency services or have someone call for you. Detail your location and the situation as best you can and wait for help.
4. Collect Documentation
If you’re able, begin taking photos of the accident scene including your vehicle and any others involved. Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report as soon as it is finalized and collect any receipts or invoices from your doctor for treatment you receive after the accident.
5. Call an Attorney
Be sure to contact an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible. Making claims sooner rather than later can help you receive compensation in a timely manner, and many offices offer free consultations.