Steps for Injured Victims Following a New Jersey DUI Accident
Originally published March 23, 2016. Drunk driving accidents are a regular happening on New Jersey roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that at least one person is injured every two minutes in a DUI-related crash. For instance: a Manahawkin woman was recently arrested for hitting three different vehicles, in three separate locations, while drunk. The woman sent several people to the hospital, including two children. She was eventually arrested at her home and charged with a variety of crimes, including driving while intoxicated.
But, what happens if you are one of the victims in such an accident? Whether you were in another car, riding your bike, on the back of a motorcycle, or walking across the street, there is nothing more frightening than facing down an out-of-control vehicle. This is especially true if the opposing driver is drunk or intoxicated. Due to their impaired motor function and lack of inhibition, drunk drivers are likely to cause much more damage than a sober driver. What should you do if a drunk driver collides with you, your vehicle, or a loved one? Here are the steps you should take after a New Jersey DUI accident:
- First of all, calling the authorities is highly recommended. Dial 911 and get the proper law enforcement attention at the scene. Not only will the police be able to take down an official report and potentially arrest the at-fault individual, you will receive the necessary medical attention.
- Get information. Any photos you or witnesses are able to collect of the scene will be of immense help later on. Also, get contact information from people who witnessed the crash.
- Finally, once you’ve received the required medical attention, you should speak with a personal injury attorney about any legal options you may have.
Can I Get Compensation for Pain and Suffering Following My DUI Accident?
Yes. A common misconception that many victims have is that they will only be able to collect on physical injuries and property damage. But, due to the horrific nature of DUI wrecks, individuals may also be able to claim special damages, such as emotional trauma, physical discomfort, loss of consortium, and any other permanent limitations.
An experienced New Jersey drunk driving accident attorney will be able to hold these dangerous negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Depending on the facts of your accident, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and damages. For more information about drunk driving accidents or to schedule a consultation, call the New Jersey personal injury team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., today. You can reach us anytime at (609) 240-0040.
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