If you have been hit by a drunk driver, you could face a mountain of medical and property repair bills. The good news is that you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and the cost of repairing any property damaged in an accident. What are some ways that you can protect your rights after being hurt in an accident caused by an impaired driver?
Hire An Attorney
The first thing that you want to do is hire legal counsel who can help you with the nuances of the law. He or she will make sure that a personal injury lawsuit is filed on time, and he or she can help you gather evidence to support your case. Furthermore, an attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf while you recover from your injuries.
See A Doctor
If you don’t see a doctor immediately after the accident, it could be used as evidence that your injuries weren’t caused in the crash. Make it a point to head to the emergency room or to see your doctor as soon as possible. In the event that your injuries are severe, you will likely be taken directly to the hospital.
Don’t Talk About The Case
It is critical that you say as little as possible about the case to anyone other than your attorney. This means that you don’t say anything to your parents, to your kids or to your close friends. You also don’t want to say anything to the legal counsel or insurance company for the driver who hurt you. Consult with your attorney to make sure that you know who it’s okay to talk to before the case and what information is okay to disclose.
Gather Your Own Evidence
While your attorney will be able to help gather statements or physical evidence, you should do as much of the legwork as possible. Taking pictures at the accident scene or asking for witness statements while their memories are still fresh may confirm your version of events in a way that nothing else can or will.
If you have been hurt by a drunk driver, you deserve all the compensation called for by state law. A financial award may not heal your physical or emotional wounds, but it may help pay for any medical bills that arose from being injured in the crash.
Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. For law professionals, Emma recommends Thomas A Corletta. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2