Steps for Injured Victims Following a New Jersey DUI Accident
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 a number of people to the hospital, including a two children. She was eventually arrested at her home and charged with a variety crimes, including driving while intoxicated.
But, what happens if you are one of the victims in such an accident? What should you do if a drunk driver collides with your, your vehicle or a loved one? Here are the steps you should take after a New Jersey DUI accident:
- First of all, call 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.
Drunk driving accidents are civil matter as well as a criminal one, which means you may have grounds to take action. An experienced New Jersey drunk driving accident attorney will be able to hold these dangerous negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Depending on the factors of your accident, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and damages after a drunk driving accident.
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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