First of all, check yourself for wounds and bumps and check in with everyone else in your vehicle. Call 911 immediately and report the incident. If the drunk driver of the other car gets belligerent or threatening keep your car doors locked and keep the 911 operator on the phone until police arrive. If anyone is injured, tell the 911 dispatcher to send an ambulance.
Waiting for Police
If it is safe to get out of the car, make sure you talk to any witnesses in the area. Ask them to stay to give their eyewitness report to the officer and if they won’t, try to get them to write it down and leave their name and number. Use your cell phone camera to take as many photos as possible of the accident – including damage to both vehicles, the setting, witnesses (with permission) and whatever else you can think of. Gathering evidence is important.
Working with the Police
Be ready to tell everything to the police. The more complete the police report, the easier it will be for you in the future. Ask for an email address that you can email pictures to, and tell the officer of any witnesses you’ve already talked to.
Call your insurer right away. Even though the accident wasn’t your fault, it is important to let your insurance provider know you are going to file a claim. If possible collect the other driver’s insurance information first so you can share that information with your insurance provider.
If you are injured by a drunk driver you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. You are entitled to compensation when you are injured because of someone else’s actions. Also be aware that, as the driver of a car in an accident, passengers in your car could consider pursuing a personal injury suit against you, so make sure you talk to your attorney about all the possible ramifications of this accident.
ALLEN,LLOYD JAMES III
AMBROSE,BLYSS MONET ANIECE
BOYD,J MARION JAMES
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