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Have you or a loved one been injured due to the negligence of a driver who may have been under the influence? There are many steps that you can take to ensure your rights are protected. Your safety is essential and your ability to return from such a tragedy is a priority. Our experienced car accident lawyers explain what you should do if you suffer an injury due to another person’s DUI.
DUI stands for Driver Under the Influence, which refers to being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle. This act is illegal in all states because of the risk of harm it presents to the driver, their passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians. Individuals caught driving under the influence are often presented with a DUI charge that can result in a fine or jail time, in addition to a restricted or revoked driver’s license.
If you are injured in an accident due to the negligence of a driver under the influence, the first step is to ensure your safety. While some accidents might just be a fender-bender, others can happen at high speeds and lead to catastrophic injuries like a TBI or spinal cord damage. It is critical to ensure you are not in any more immediate danger and that you seek medical attention for the injuries you did suffer.
The next step you should take is to contact the police. It is vital to have records of the incident and to notify law enforcement officials so they can document the accidents and potentially arrest the intoxicated individual who may be at fault.
After following the steps mentioned, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and assist in your case. If the at-fault driver is charged with drunk driving, your lawyer can follow the criminal proceeding and use the result as evidence in your civil claim for damages.
If you have been injured due to a DUI accident that was the fault of another person, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys here at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law. A drunk driving incident can lead to a personal injury claim in addition to criminal charges. Contact us to learn how we can help.
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