Getting hit by a drunk driver while you are sharing the roadway and minding your own business can significantly alter your life in an instant. You can sustain serious injuries in a car accident. Those injuries can plague you during months of medical treatment, and your car can get severely damaged, as well.
You might think to yourself that the period following a drunk driving accident is no time to be moving quickly and making major decisions. However, after receiving immediate medical care, there are several other actions you are advised to take.
Calling The Cagle Law Firm’s drunk driving accident lawyers in Chicago, IL, is critical.
Here are three other actions.
3 Steps to Take Following a Drunk Driving Injury
1. Involve the Police
Always call the police. If you are injured in any kind of accident, call the police right away and every time. Alerting authorities can get life-saving medical treatment to anyone who may be injured. The incident report will be crucial when you make a claim to the insurance carriers. Documentation is crucial when you are making an injury claim or a claim for wrongful death.
While these reports are not always admissible as evidence in court, they provide records for all involved parties and both drivers’ insurance companies. These reports are crucial documentation that refreshes witnesses’ memory including police officers who may work multiple crashes per day or week.
Car accidents happen instantly, and when you are involved in one, you are unlikely to recall all the details of these sudden events.
2. Call Your Insurance
Even though someone else hit you, you should still call your insurance company to file a claim using the police report’s details. HOWEVER, do not discuss your physical condition or your medical treatment with ANY insurance adjuster.
3. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Once you’ve taken care of the emergency treatment, you should call a personal injury attorney if you were injured in the accident.
There’s really no telling how many ways a drunk driving injury can affect your life. You could become unable to work and lose your job. You could accumulate more medical expenses than you can pay. In the first few days and weeks, you will not know the full extent of your injuries nor will you know how you will heal.
Every single person we speak with after a crash is overwhelmed with the unknown and we have found that they feel better when they know they are not having to talk to the insurance company, gather evidence, and think about a myriad of other things that could impact their claim.
Call a Cagle Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Chicago, IL
Call our attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm. We specialize in drunk driving accidents in Chicago, IL, if you have been hurt in such an incident. When the course of your life is impacted by the bad decisions of another, you need a personal injury attorney to assist you in recovery. We will fight insurance companies that want to lowball you or not pay out at all. We have done it before, and we will do it for you.
Contact us today for a free consultation.