The extreme negligence that a person who is drunk and decides to get behind the wheel of a car exhibits shows complete disregard for the safety of themselves and others on the road. In an era where a safe ride home is just a call or app-tap away thanks to ridesharing and taxicab services, there is zero excuse for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. However, many drunk drivers still populate the roadways of the United States, and many people sustain severe injuries or even lose their lives because of these negligent drivers. Although taking legal action cannot undo the damage done by these drunk drivers, by making them accountable for their negligence in civil court, you can get justice for the wrongs done unto you and you may be able to get financial compensation for your pain and suffering. If you were hurt in a DUI crash and want to talk over your legal options with a DUI accident lawyer, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you get informed about your rights.
What to do after being hurt in a DUI accident
Being injured in a DUI crash can leave you feeling uncertain of what to do next, especially with the pain of your injuries and the shock of being in an accident clouding your judgment. Here is what to do immediately after the accident:
- Get medical care right away, no matter how minor you believe your injuries to be. A medical evaluation and getting medical treatment is imperative after any accident.
- Document your injuries and other damages. Take photos of damaged property (such as your vehicle or any personal effects) and of your injuries. Gather the contact information of any witnesses to the accident, and keep copies of medical bills related to treatment of accident-caused injuries.
- Contact an attorney to discuss your legal options as a DUI accident victim.
DUI crash statistics
According to a report published by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 38 percent of vehicle collisions in 2016 involved drunk driving as a contributing factor in the accident. More than 10,000 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes in 2016, and between the years of 2015 and 2016, drunk-driving crashes increased across the nation overall.
If you were hurt in a DUI accident, our attorneys can help
If you need a DUI accident lawyer in Camden, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can assist you with filing a claim. Our team of personal injury litigation specialists can help you build a case and seek the recovery of damages. Damages are assessed using factors such as pain and suffering, medical expenses stemming from the injuries sustained in the accident, lost wages due to missing work while recovering from injuries, and emotional distress endured as a result of the accident. These damages may then be awarded to you as financial compensation from the party deemed liable for your injuries. Call or click now to begin your free consultation.