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What Should I Do After a Car Crash if the Other Driver is Drunk?

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Knoxville drunk driving accident lawyerGetting into a car accident can be a very scary experience, especially if you are hurt. It is not likely to make you feel any better if you step out of your wrecked vehicle and discover that the other driver is intoxicated. Drunk drivers are almost always responsible for the accidents they are involved in, and may be both criminally and civilly liable. Seeking emergency medical care as needed is always the first priority after a motor vehicle accident. 

However, if you are able, there are steps you can take right after the accident that can help when it comes time to seek compensation. Calling an attorney as soon as possible may also help you with preserving evidence and start you on the right path to recovering damages. 

Steps You Can Take After a Drunk Driving Wreck

After any motor vehicle crash, getting to safety is the most important thing. If anyone is seriously hurt, call an ambulance first. Always move accident vehicles off the roadway if possible and get yourself to a safe and well-lit area. There may be additional safety concerns after a crash with a drunk driver. Intoxicated people are prone to acting belligerent and even becoming violent, especially during a high-stress situation. Typical advice, like getting the other driver’s insurance information, may be impossible. When you can safely do so, follow these steps: 

  • File a police report - While filing a police report is a critical step no matter what, it is especially critical if you suspect that the other driver is drunk or on drugs. Tell the police explicitly that you think the at-fault driver is under the influence and why. Whether or not they ultimately make a DUI arrest, you will at least have evidence that you made this observation immediately. 
  • Take video - If you can safely record the responsible driver stumbling around, yelling with slurred speech, “nodding out,” or acting in a manner that suggests intoxication, do so. This kind of video evidence can be critical at trial or provide a strong advantage during settlement negotiations. 
  • Engage the help of witnesses - Having others who can back up your (by nature unverifiable) claim that the odor of alcohol or marijuana was present can prove vital. Without independent, uninterested witnesses, it is your word against the other driver’s. 

Calling an attorney is perhaps the single most important thing you can do after a drunk driving crash. The sooner you do this, the better the odds that all the evidence you will need to prove your case can be preserved. Intoxication wears off quickly, so time is of the essence. 

Contact a Knoxville Drunk Driving Accidents Attorney

If you were hurt by a drunk driver, The Law Office of William F. Evans may be able to help recover compensation for you. Our experienced Knoxville drunk driving accident lawyers will help you preserve the evidence you need and fight for you to receive everything you may be entitled to. Call 423-449-7980 when you are ready to set up a free consultation. 



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