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What to Do if You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver

What to Do if You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, many people participate in a lot of celebrations that involve alcohol. Though every driver should fully understand the risks of getting behind the wheel after drinking, the incidence of drunk driving increases significantly during the holidays. Unfortunately, this means that more people have their own holiday season completely disrupted by drunk driving crashes.

Signs a Driver is Impaired

The first indication that you were hit by a drunk driver might be the way the accident happened. Did the other driver swerve from their lane? Drive the wrong way? Drive far too fast or slow? Erratic driving can signal impairment.

When you stop following a crash, you might notice other signs the driver who hit you had been drinking. If you do, you should immediately call 911 (though calling the authorities is wise after any accident). The police can arrive at the scene and determine whether the other driver was in violation of the law.

If a driver is arrested, they might be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). You can use a criminal conviction as proof of the driver’s negligence and liability, which can make the insurance or legal process simpler. You want an attorney who understands how to use drunk driving cases in criminal court to your benefit in your civil injury claim.

Discuss Your Options with an Auto Accident Lawyer in Upland

There is a chance that a drunk driver might crash into you and disrupt your life. If this happens, seek medical attention and get your injuries diagnosed. Once you start treatment and your physical condition is stable, do not delay in contacting an Upland auto accident attorney. The Law Offices of Brian Brandt is ready to assist injured crash victims, so please call 800.983.4467 or contact us online for a free consultation.

 

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