Any crash you experience can be daunting. However, if the other driver you believe caused the crash is intoxicated, it can be challenging to take the next steps. After an accident, you should collect information from the other driver, but approaching a drunk driver can be more challenging because of the risk of contention.
If you experience a crash and believe the other driver is drunk, here are some things you should do:
Report the Crash to Local Authorities
If the driver seems drunk, call the authorities immediately after the crash. Calling local police helps you get an officer at the scene of your crash quickly to assess the situation. The officer can serve as the middle person in your situation, approaching the potentially drunk driver for information about the collision and documents you may need to file a claim.
A police report can be powerful when filing an injury claim. If the police report indicates that the responsible driver was drunk at the time of the crash, it could help build your case and pursue maximum compensation.
Avoid Approaching the Other Driver
In some situations, a drunk driver may be aggressive. They may be angry about the crash because of their state. As such, you should avoid approaching the driver you believe is drunk. If you approach them, it could lead to an even worse situation. Let the police officer approach the other driver first.
If the drunk driver gets out of their vehicle and approaches you, lock your doors and barely open your window to hear what they have to say. If they’re contentious, make sure you inform law enforcement of their actions.
Our Cleveland car accident lawyers are here to help you pursue maximum compensation when you suffer severe injuries because of someone else’s negligence. At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we work to help you understand your rights, and we safeguard you every step of the way. Let us be your voice against negligence.