Experiencing a car accident isn’t ordinary for you. However, you may think ordinarily after an accident you exchange information with the other driver. But when you discover the other driver appears drunk, you may wonder how that changes your case. How do you pursue a claim against a drunk driver?
Your Claim Needs to Be Documented
Every claim should be supported by evidence, and your case is no different. Gathering information about the accident and your injuries is how you make a good start.
- Call the Police. Notifying the police that you suspect the other driver is drunk documents your accident and helps to establish critical evidence of the other driver at fault.
- Collect information. Take pictures of your injuries, property damage, and the scene of the accident. If you can’t communicate with the driver to exchange contact and insurance information, the police can assist you with getting it.
- Seek Medical Treatment. Whether you believe your injuries were significant, minor, or non-existent, seek immediate medical attention. A medical evaluation immediately after the accident begins your claim that the other driver caused your injuries.
Pursing a Claim the Drunk Driver Was At Fault
Nevada is a fault state, which requires the at-fault driver’s insurance company to compensate for injuries and property damage. Driving under the influence (DUI) is not just negligent, it’s a criminal act. Therefore, a DUI arrest of the other driver is very good evidence of fault. But don’t expect the insurance company to pay you full compensation. What insurance companies want to protect is their own bottom line.
You may choose to pursue a claim against a drunk driver alone, but you can always use the advice of experienced car accident attorneys. When you call Sam & Ash, LLP, you get a team that will protect you when the insurance company tries to minimize your claim. We do What’s Right, so give us a free call any time at 1 (800) 304-2000.