Drunk driving is extremely risky behavior. To be sure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about one in three car accident-related deaths that occur in the United States involves a drunk driver, and that over a 10-year period in New Mexico, more than 1,250 people lost their lives in drunk driver-involved crashes.
Even if you’re operating your vehicle safely, it can be impossible to predict who else might be on the road. It’s also often impossible to avoid becoming the victim of another’s recklessness.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, call our experienced car accident attorneys and do the following immediately:
Report the Accident Immediately
There are many causes of car accidents; drunk drivers are one of them. If you are injured in a car accident and you suspect that the driver who caused the accident was drunk, you need to report the accident immediately.
In fact, having the police arrive on scene may be an important part of proving the drunk driver’s intoxication. Police can perform a breathalyzer test at the scene, or bring the driver in for blood testing.
Filing an accident report is also important for the purposes of filing an insurance claim. It helps establish a correlation between your accident and your injuries for the purposes of filing an insurance claim.
Seek Medical Care
Seeking medical care for your injuries is next. If you fail to seek medical care immediately following your accident, you may have a difficult time proving to your insurance company that your injuries were related to your car accident.
In order to recover damages from another driver after a New Mexico car accident, you must be able to prove that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of your crash. This requires evidence, such as:
- The results of a blood-alcohol test;
- Witness statements;
- Vehicle event data recorder information;
- Police reports; and
- Physical evidence, such as damage to vehicles, skid marks, etc.
If you’re unable to recover evidence due to injuries, our lawyers are more than happy to handle this for you.
Understand Your Rights and Options
After being involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, schedule a free consultation with a DUI accident lawyer. You can discuss things such as the average settlement for a DUI accident, how to prove negligence and causation, and what steps you need to take next. When you have been injured due to another’s negligence, you reserve the right to seek damages for the full extent of harm you have suffered, both economic and noneconomic.
Injured in a DUI Accident? Call Our Law Firm Today
Being in a car accident, drunk driver-related or not, can be a shocking and traumatizing experience. If you have suffered injuries due to a driver’s negligence or recklessness, our New Mexico drunk driving accident lawyers at the office of Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. can help.
Please contact our law firm today for a free consultation about how we can help you recover the settlement you need.