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As with any accident, if you are involved in a drunk driving accident, the first thing to do is to move your car to a safe location if possible. Quickly assess all of the injuries within your car and if possible the other car, then call 911 as soon as you have checked to see if there are any injuries. Give the 911 operator all of the details you have of the accident, including approximate location, any injuries, and the fact that you suspect the other driver of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The 911 operator may stay on the line if there are significant injuries and first aid is necessary, if not, you will wait for police to arrive, turning your attention to the other driver.
What Should a DUI Victim Do
While waiting for the police to arrive, assess the situation and try to recall exactly how the accident occurred as it will be one of the most important questions the police will ask when they arrive. Since drunk drivers are much more likely to try to flee the scene of an accident than the average person involved in a car accident, it is important to take note of the driver’s name and identifying features as quickly as possible. Try to exchange information immediately if possible to prevent the drunk driver from trying to flee the scene before being identified.
When the police arrive, be honest, follow all of their instructions they give and handle the situation as calmly as possible. Being struck by a drunk driver has been known to make even the most calm individual a little upset, but keeping composure will help speed the process along and will be appreciated by the police officers who respond to your accident.
Contact a Denver or Aurora Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were injured in an accident by a drunk driver, compensation is available for your injuries. Fuller Law has years of experience handling personal injury cases throughout Colorado and Fuller Law has helped hundreds of our clients get the money they deserved. Contact Fuller Law to learn more about your legal options and to receive your free initial consultation.