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While Colorado has several laws and policies to try to prevent drunk driving, a recent Colorado government study revealed that between 2003 and 2012, there were over 1,700 fatalities resulting from people being killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Colorado.
At Zinda Law Group, our DUI accident attorneys can help answer your questions and advise you on all your legal rights. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you recover the compensation and justice you deserve for your injuries. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case.
Steps to Take After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
If you have been lucky enough to survive a car crash with a drunk driver, you should know the best steps to take to ensure your safety, both physically and legally.
Call Emergency Services
First, call emergency services. This may include police or EMS if there are potential injuries at the scene.
It is necessary to call the police regardless so that you will have an official accident report documenting the scene. Failing to contact the police can have extremely negative repercussions. You may lose important evidence to be able to recover for damages and injuries that you sustained in your accident, and you also may not be able to ensure that the drunk driver does not injure anyone in the future.
It is an unfortunate national statistic that about 33 percent of individuals convicted of their first DUI will be repeat offenders.
Make Sure You Get an Accident Report
When the police arrive at the scene, it is important that you try to explain your situation in the most logical way possible. This can be difficult when emotions and adrenaline are running high after the shock of the accident, but it is important that you try to give police officers a clear representation of what happen.
Try to avoid soliciting more information than what is being asked for. Answering the police officers’ questions may be more efficient than giving them an extensive narrative about what you believe happened.
If asked about sustaining an injury, you may want to avoid giving the officer an immediate answer. Often, after the initial shock of the crash, it is difficult to tell if you have truly been injured or not. If you are unsure if you have been injured, it is perfectly fine to tell the officer this.
Later, you can request a copy of the crash report from the City of Fort Collins Police Department.
Document the Scene Yourself
While the police officer’s accident report is crucial, it is also vital that you gather your own record of the case. This includes taking photos and videos of the accident scene and any injuries you have sustained.
You also should make sure to get the intoxicated driver’s contact number and insurance information. If there are any potential witnesses at the scene, such as drivers who have stopped roadside to help, you should get their contact information as well.
Get Checked Out by a Medical Professional
As stated earlier, your adrenaline and nerves after a car accident may prevent you from feeling any immediate pain after the accident. It is a good safety precaution to go to the hospital immediately after the accident to get yourself checked out by a licensed medical professional.
If you do not go to a hospital, it is still a good idea to visit some type of doctor, whether it be a general practitioner or an urgent care physician. Visiting a doctor as soon as possible after the crash is a fundamental step to make sure that you are able to get paid by insurance for your injuries.
While you may not be able to feel the physical toll the accident has taken on your body directly after the crash, a doctor can detect your injuries before they become a chronic condition.
Find an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Being hit by a drunk driver is a terrible thing to have to go through. Enduring such a hardship takes a physical and emotional toll on a person.
For this reason, it is important to find a trusted personal injury attorney who will support and fight for you to get the compensation that you rightfully deserve.
Our Fort Collins DUI Injury Attorneys Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our car accident lawyers have helped thousands of car crash victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We can help you build the strongest case possible and to pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injury has cost you.
Our personal injury lawyers also believe an injury victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford superior legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our Fort Collins drunk driving accident attorneys.
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