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What to do after you get hit by a drunk driver

It is no secret that drunk driving ruins lives. In 2016, there were 17,434 DUI accidents in Texas, with San Antonio topping the list of cities with 1,845 crashes. Too many lives are lost and changed forever due to impaired drivers. 

If you are ever in a DUI crash, it is vital to know what to do. Here are some actions you should take after getting hit by an intoxicated driver.

Call for emergency assistance

The first thing to do is check if anyone is hurt, including yourself. If you are conscious and able to safely operate your phone, contact 911. Tell the operator about any injuries and property damage. They will send the necessary personnel, including police officers and emergency medical technicians. 

Document the scene

If you have any device with a camera, take photos of the scene of the collision. Take notes about the details of the crash as soon as you are able. This documentation proves useful during the insurance claim or lawsuit process. 

Gather information

Collect as much information as possible during the aftermath of the DUI wreck, including:

  • Driver names
  • Insurance information
  • License plate numbers
  • Eyewitness contact information

This information is helpful for successfully dealing with the logistics of the crash in the following weeks and months.

Get medical help

Depending on how badly you are hurt and how soon symptoms appear, you may need immediate medical help from first responders. If you forego prompt medical attention, make sure you see a doctor soon after the incident. You can either schedule an appointment with your primary physician or go to urgent care. This expedites the healing of injuries and proves to insurance adjusters you are hurt because of the drunk driver. 

Getting into a crash with an intoxicated motorist can be scary, but you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and property damage if you take the right steps afterward.

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