In the age of easy-to-find ride-sharing and designated drivers, drinking and driving should never happen. Unfortunately, over the past holiday season, the poor judgement of many individuals led them to get behind the wheel of their vehicles drunk. The people they harm in an automobile accident may suffer life-altering injuries. Sometimes the extent of the injuries is not immediately apparent, and sometimes the long-term damage is financial as well as physical. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.
The Full Cost of Injuries
Even if you only suffer seemingly minor injuries, the resulting medical bills can be anything but minor. The costs only compound the more serious your injuries become. You may lose income from having to take time off work to recover. You will probably have significant automotive repair costs. You may not be able to work again, may experience chronic pain or have to change professions because of the extent of your injuries. Under the law, you may be able to receive compensation and hold the drunk driver accountable for their actions.
Protect Your Rights
When you are involved in an accident, you will most likely not be in the frame of mind to make legal decisions. You may be frightened, shocked or injured. Those with you in the vehicle may also be injured, and you need to focus on getting you and your loved ones immediate medical attention.
If possible, have an uninjured person document the accident and your injuries if it is safe to do so. If the area is not safe, or if the other driver may be confrontational, do not put yourself or anyone else in further danger. When the police arrive, do not make any statements discussing who is at fault and only sign medically related forms at the hospital.
By contacting a lawyer as soon as you can, you can determine if you have a compensation claim. Your attorney can review any forms you are asked to sign to ensure your interests are being protected. Contact The Harman Law Firm to discuss your case today.
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