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Steps to take after being hit by a drunk driver

If you are in a car accident in Pennsylvania, it can be a stressful event. When the at-fault party is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is important that you follow certain steps right after the crash occurs. This helps ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

According to MADD, drunk drivers cause 28% of traffic deaths every year. The organization gives the state a score of 2.5 and discusses additional steps, such as interlock devices for all offenders, it can take to cut down on intoxicated drivers. If you are in an accident with someone who has been drinking, the driver can face criminal charges and be responsible to pay for your medical and damage expenses.

As with other car accidents, FindLaw outlines what you should do after an accident with a drunk driver. If you suspect the driver has been drinking you should call the police right away so that they can document the accident, which will help in a lawsuit. Exchange information with the driver and take pictures of both vehicles. If there are injuries, call for medical help. Even if you feel ok it is a good idea to make an appointment with your primary physician or a chiropractor because some injuries show up hours or even days after the accident. Document all the care you receive, any work you miss due to the accident and how the accident affects your quality of life. 

If the driver is too drunk to engage in conversation, take a picture of the license plate and wait for the police to arrive. If the driver leaves the scene prematurely, make sure the police talk to all witnesses of the accident.

 

 

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