Hit By a Drunk Driver? Here’s What You Need to Know
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People decide to drive drunk nearly 300,000 times each and every day. Alcohol-related crashes make up nearly a third of all car accidents that occur in the United States. If you have suffered personal injury or material damage at the hands of someone who chose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you’ll likely be able to file a personal injury claim in order to get compensation. But there are a few things to know about pursuing personal injury cases or settling with the driver’s insurance company. Our highly qualified Tulsa lawyers can help you when you need it most. Read on to find out a bit more about what to do following a drunk driving accident.
What’s the first thing I should do after getting into an accident?
No matter the circumstances, you should call the police and seek medical attention. In a drunk driving accident, documentation of the incident and of your injuries can be especially important. You may not initially believe you’ve sustained an injury, but it’s important to get checked out to substantiate your claim later.
Should I contact a Tulsa lawyer?
Following police arrival and medical treatment, it’s important that you get in touch with an experienced car accident attorney. While you may not end up wanting to pursue a personal injury case, an experienced lawyer can advise you on the best route to take and how likely your chances of getting compensation would be. If the other driver has been arrested and convicted for DUI/DWI, your chances of winning a personal injury claim are probably quite good.
What about settling through the insurance company?
In some cases, the other driver’s insurance company may offer you more than you expected for a settlement. But it’s important to remember that this insurance company is not working in your best interests. They’re simply looking out for themselves. In a court case, they’ll likely have to pay out a lot more. Don’t make a statement to this insurance company without first consulting with a lawyer, and don’t agree on a settlement right from the get-go. Explore your options with your Tulsa lawyer and decide on a course of action that makes sense for your situation.
If you’ve been injured in an accident or accused of a DUI, you should receive the legal representation you deserve. Our law firm can help you during this time of need. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please get in touch with us today.