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Posted On April 7, 2020 Personal Injury

I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver. What Do I Do?

Car Accident VictimApril is National Alcohol Awareness Month, but this year, there’s so much more to be aware of. Victims of drunk driving accidents right now are facing unique fears and challenges. COVID-19 has transformed life as we know it, at least for now.

For the first time, you have reason to be afraid of getting closer than six feet to the other driver, witnesses, and first responders. Police and EMTs arrive on the scene sporting face masks, as though responding to some bio-hazard accident, to avoid the infectious coronavirus that is already sickening officers and paramedics across the state. You have to worry about matters that once wouldn’t have crossed your mind, like when the responding officer’s clipboard and pen were last sanitized – and all while you’re in shock and pain from the impact of the collision. Even getting help to come may be an ordeal, posing a much longer wait than usual, due to first response agencies being understaffed in this difficult time.

There’s a lot to worry about, but even in these unprecedented times, some things stay the same. If you’re out driving in New Jersey or Pennsylvania to get essentials, what happens if you’re hit by a drunk driver?

Follow these four simple steps to make sure you’re getting things done right from the start.

1. Call Law Enforcement

The first step to take if you are hit by a drunk driver is to call the police. Notifying the policy will guarantee that you have the accident documented. This is a crucial step when filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit against the party that caused the accident.

2. Give as much information as possible to Law Enforcement

The frantic moments after a serious car accident are often difficult to remember. However, it is important that you provide accurate details of what happened to the best of your ability.

3. Gather information at the scene

If you are able, it is advised to gather as much information on the scene as possible. This includes but is not limited to potential witness information, the at-fault driver’s contact, and insurance information, photographs of the accident scene and any injuries that you may have. Also, obtain the claim number for the accident report so you can call and request a copy when it is ready.

4. Seek Medical Treatment

If you are injured during the accident, please seek immediate medical treatment. It is crucial to your health and your accident injury lawsuit if you are injured after being hit by a drunk driver. We recommend that you never refuse medical treatment, regardless of how you feel right after the accident. Due to the rush of adrenaline some injuries can take hours or even days to feel the pain.

We can help if you’ve been injured

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, call us at 856-778-5500. We know times are difficult for many people right now and are proud to offer a no-touch remote intake process and our no-fee promise. You don’t pay anything unless you win and it’s free to have your questions answered. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way we can.

Most importantly, keep your own safety in mind and follow CDC instructions the best you can under the circumstances.