Dealing with DUI is difficult. If something happens due to the negligence of someone else, one of the hardest parts is coming to terms with the fact that you had no control over the situation.
When a person drives under the influence, they are risking that they can handle their reduced ability to drive without injuring others. This means every driver on the road with them is now at greater risk to be in a serious car accident due to their negligence.
What's Considered a Serious Injury?
Serious injuries stemming from a DUI accident can be defined as injuries that are beyond superficial wounds. A serious injury might involve broken bones, a concussion, bruised ribs, strained back muscles or anything that requires immediate medical attention. Injuries like these typically require time to heal and may prevent you from working or other regular activities. A serious injury might even require surgery and/or rehabilitation to ensure a full recovery, making it difficult to do much of anything until the doctor declares you back on your feet.
And a Catastrophic Injury?
These injuries are, simply put, life-altering. Car accident victims unfortunate enough to suffer a catastrophic injury are facing a life very different from the one they had before the accident. Consequences like paralysis, loss of limb, traumatic brain injuries, scarring or disfigurement and other devastating results are all possible aftereffects of car accidents.
Protecting Yourself after You've Been in a Car Accident
If you have been in an accident with someone who was under the influence, first you need to get yourself checked out. Even if you feel ok at the time, this may be due to the adrenaline that is running through your system as a consequence of the accident.
Go to the hospital immediately after the police report is filed so that any injuries that you have can be documented. Taking this action will protect you throughout the claims process regarding any injuries you suffered.
Get an Attorney
If it turns out that you have been injured by an inebriated driver, it's time to get legal help. Attorney representation is a necessary step in DUI accident cases due to the intricacy of the laws applicable to these events. The legal team representing the inebriated driver is an adversary you will not want to face alone making it a necessity for you to have an experienced attorney fighting at your side.
The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal is dedicated to holding those who are negligent accountable for their actions. We offer free initial consultations and take all car accident cases on a contingency basis so there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by making an appointment to see us today.