Drunk drivers are unpredictable. After a crash, it’s impossible to tell whether they’ll be apologetic, somewhere in-between. Because a DUI is already a tense situation it’s crucial that all drivers understand how to handle a crash with a drunk driver.
Call the Police
Before you get out of the car, if you suspect you’ve been hit by a drunk driver you should call the police ASAP. The police are capable of stopping the drunk driver from getting behind the wheel again and endangering more people.
If you or your passengers are seriously injured or you see blood, you should call for an ambulance as well. When you’re injured, it’s crucial you get medical attention as quickly as possible.
Keep Them Talking
If you meet the other driver and realize they’re intoxicated, do your best to keep them talking if you’re comfortable doing so. If they seem apologetic or unaware of their surroundings, try to keep them distracted until police arrive. Anything the drunk driver says to you could be used as evidence against them when you file a claim. Make sure you take a picture of their license plate as soon as possible in case they intend to flee the scene.
Get to Safety
If the drunk driver is at all aggressive or confrontational, you need to get to safety immediately. If you fear for your safety, get in your car and lock the doors or flee to a nearby business if you’re able. You may wish to call emergency services again and stay on the line until police arrive.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries at the hands of a drunk driver, we are here for you. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Newport Beach car accident attorney from Manning Law, APC to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (800) 783-5006.