It’s hard to remember what to do after a car accident. When it happens, you will be overwhelmed, emotional, and possibly even injured.
If the other driver is under the influence of alcohol, it can make everything more complicated. You may not be able to get their name or insurance information, but there are still plenty of actions you should take.
1. Stay at the Scene
Never leave the scene of a traffic accident until it’s appropriate to do so. Take a moment to check yourself and your passengers for injuries before assessing property damage. Get medical attention for anyone who needs it. Call the police and make sure that they file an official report.
2. Collect Information
You may not be able to get the other driver’s personal details at the time of the crash. They may be incoherent or behave aggressively towards you. Not only that, but they will probably be arrested on the spot. That doesn’t mean you can’t get their license plate number. It’s also a good idea to take photos of the scene and talk to witnesses if you are able.
3. Notify Your Insurance Company
Inform your insurance company that you’ve been in an accident as soon as possible. They will want to know what happened and the extent of your injuries. They may also ask for details from the police report that show the other driver was intoxicated.
4. Keep Track of Your Medical Treatment
Visit a doctor even if you are feeling fine. Injuries can take time to manifest. After your visit, keep a detailed account of any treatments and medications that you require.
Note all of the doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, or other medical professionals that you see. Make sure to get a copy of the medical reports and bills to prove your expenses later.
5. Be Wary of Early Settlement Offers
You might be tempted to accept the first settlement offer that comes your way. However, if it’s less than what you truly deserve, you may come to regret it later. Don’t settle your claim until you know what your current and future damages are worth.
6. Consult an Experienced Attorney
An attorney can help protect your legal rights and maximize your compensation. It doesn’t cost you anything to find out if you have a case. Call 303-225-9101 for a free consultation with Boulder car accident attorney Christopher Jeffress. Jeffress Law, PC serves Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.