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Immediately after being injured in a car accident, it can be difficult to think clearly. You and one or more of your passengers may be injured and your system may be so full of adrenaline your mind is racing. Therefore, it is also useful to prepare ahead of time. Like a fire drill, you can think of this exercise as a mental drill so you know what to do in the immediate aftermath of a California intoxicated driver accident without having to think about it too much!
A mental drill gives you an opportunity to ruminate over questions like, “I was just injured by a Drunk Driver, what do I do now?” and come up with the best possible answer while your is clear and relaxed and you have plenty of time to do some research.
First thing to remember is that your life and health, and potentially the life and health of others involved in the accident, are the most important consideration immediately after an accident. No matter how worried you may be about potential property damage, always first concern yourself with seeking medical attention. Don’t hesitate for a moment to call 9-1-1 if there is ANY reason for anyone to receive immediate medical attention. In considering this, please remember that severe head injuries and spinal injuries do not always immediately present themselves. Therefore, if anyone’s head has been bumped or their spine is twisted in any way, even in what may initially seem like a minor way, please seek immediate medical attention and call 9-1-1 if necessary to get that immediate medical attention.
The next most important person to call is an experienced California drunk driving accident attorney experienced in this area of law, not your insurance company as you may currently think. Our society, through television commercials, internet discussions, and “the grapevine,” has instilled in many of us that we need to call our insurance company immediately after a car accident, regardless of fault, and just let them handle the situation and/or duke it out with the other insurance company. As a result of this, most insurance companies will have a representative call to interview you by phone as soon as possible. While this may all sound good initially, please keep in mind that the insurance companies contact you soon after the accident in part to talk with you BEFORE you have legal representation. In fact, the intoxicated driver’s insurance company may also call you! You need to fully understand that neither insurance company will have your best interest at heart, regardless how sympathetic the well-trained representative on the other end of the phone may sound. It is always best to not allow yourself to be personally interviewed or answer any specific questions to EITHER insurance company.
Instead of calling your insurance company, it is better to call a good California drunk driving accident attorney who has a great deal of experience in dealing with personal injury cases involving intoxicated drivers. This is true even if it seems like a slam dunk case — legal surprises often come up in these cases. You can then allow the attorney to handle things with the insurance company. If you do report to your insurance company that you have been hit by an intoxicated driver, do not agree to answer any further questions. Simply tell them that you will have your legal representative contact them to supply further information. In other words, the best way to protect yourself and/or your loved ones immediately after an accident is to call and hire a good California intoxicated driver attorney immediately and let them handle the case from the start.
After being involved in a California drunk driver accident, obtain all available evidence. All Auto Accident Evidence Also, keep the following in mind. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you should call the police if the accident occurs inside the city limits or the California Highway Patrol (CHP) if the accident occurs outside the city limits within 24 hours if someone is injured in an accident. However, keep in mind, that if you have an attorney representing you, they can do this for you, assuming the police or the CHP was not called to the scene by someone immediately after the accident. You may also want to limit what you say to a police officer or highway patrol officer if they arrive on the scene. Try to remain as calm as possible and err on the side of caution when speaking with a California Highway Patrol Officer. Also, keep a clear enough mind to contact a California drunk driving accident attorney immediately.
At the May Firm, we have a great deal of experience in handling personal injury cases involving an intoxicated driver in the state of California. Feel free to keep our phone number, (805) 980-7758, stored in your glove box or wallet/purse in case of such an emergency. We pride ourselves in providing our clients with the best possible service and we treat our clients with the compassion they deserve. All of our cases are taken on a contingency basis so you do not pay unless we win your case, so contact The May Firm today.
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