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Know how to respond after an accident with a drunk driver

When you experience an accident with a drunk driver, it is not always simple to know how to respond in the moment, or in the days and weeks after the accident. Unfortunately, far too many drivers in Pennsylvania experience drunk driving accidents, causing enormous losses for hundreds of residents each year. While we can take some small comfort in the fact that drunk driving accidents throughout the state are down from the previous year, this statistical improvement does little to help the victims of those preventable accidents that still occurred in 2016.

After a drunk driving accident, it is always important to call 911. While not all car accidents are emergencies, drivers who are intoxicated at the time of a car accident pose a serious danger to themselves and to others. Furthermore, while it is not necessarily a crime to have a car accident, it is a crime to drive while intoxicated, and police must respond to the scene.

When authorities arrive, they may offer medical services. It is crucial that you do not refuse medical care at the scene of the accident. Even if you do not believe you suffered any injuries, the more official documentation that you have from the responders to the accident, the stronger you can subsequently build your claim. Furthermore, many injuries you may receive in a car accident do not cause pain for hours or even days afterward, and immediate medical care may prevent you from intensifying an injury you do not identify immediately.

It is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney to understand your legal options. Rather than let an insurance company dictate your recovery from such an accident, you can work with the attorney to understand the full scope of the legal issues involved in your accident and create strong strategies to protect yourself as you pursue fair compensation for your losses.

Source: York Daily Record, "What to do if you're hit by a drunk driver," Craig Milsten, accessed Dec. 29, 2017

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