Dealing with a serious injury can be a terrifying and stressful situation. No matter how that injury occurred, it can be just as overwhelming as it is painful when it comes to court proceedings, loss or damages, physical pain, and other logistical factors. When those personal injuries were caused by alcohol-related auto accidents, that stress can be amplified significantly.
Sadly, every single day, people drive drunk nearly 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are actually caught and arrested. Because driving under the influence happens so often in the U.S., virtually everyone is at risk of being seriously injured on the roadways.
So, what do you do when it happens to you?
Find professional legal instance
Dealing with a personal injury following an alcohol-related car accident is rarely easy. In these instances, good news is scarce, especially if you were the driver who was under the influence. Whether you were at fault or not, however, you need to make sure you’re being represented by a legal professional.
Without representation from a personal injury attorney, you’ll struggle to maneuver the complicated legal proceedings involving DUI-related crashes. If you are the at-fault driver, you’ll certainly want to consult a legal professional to delegate the majority of those complicated responsibilities, but the same goes for drivers who were injured at the hands of an impaired driver.
Who was the impaired driver?
If you were convicted of (or pled guilty to) a charge of driving under the influence, any person who was involved in the crash (passengers and drivers alike) will likely file a lawsuit against you.
If you were following the rules of the road, however, and were struck by an impaired driver, you’ll need legal assistance as you file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver.
Make the call right away
During these DUI-related situations, no matter who was at fault, everyone involved should seek legal assistance immediately. Not only should you call emergency crews to ensure the safety of everyone on the scene, you should also contact your attorney and let them know every single detail. If you withhold certain information following a crash (whether it’s intentional or not), you’ll jeopardize your chance of success in court.
After any crash, don’t wait — get legal help right away. Contact Herron Law if you need professional legal assistance.