It’s 11:30 a.m and you realize that you’ve run out of milk. You decide to take a quick trip down to the grocery store to buy another carton. It’s midday, what could possibly go wrong? Well, that routine trip may soon take a bad turn when your vehicle is unexpectedly hit by another. What makes it worse is that the driver from the other vehicle is not only drunk but they appear to be visibly staggering out of their vehicle.
You quickly ask yourself what you should do. After all, you’ve never really been in a situation like this. To be honest, you are not the only one. There are several people who have never been in this situation. But knowing what to do is paramount.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fatal crashes in the US account for about one-third of all motor vehicle accidents every year. Furthermore, roughly 32% of the drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents were drunk drivers. NHTSA further states that in 2019 there were 50,930 drivers that lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents.
These statistics sound like something out of a Steven King novel. But these are facts. Drunk driving accidents in Las Vegas are much more common than people realize. Therefore, it is imperative that vehicle owners know exactly what to do if they are involved in drunk driving accidents in Las Vegas.
What To Do Next
Here are five things you should do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with a drunk driver:
After making sure no one requires immediate medical attention, one of the first things you will need to do is to ensure that you contact the insurance company of the drunk driver as soon as possible. Also, be sure to take photographs of as much as possible. This information will be in the police report. Notify the insurance company of any injuries as well.
Educate yourself. The insurance company will most likely try to settle as quickly as possible. Consider if this is the best option for you. Sometimes it may be but other times it may not. Consider the seriousness of the injuries and the possibility of exploring all aspects of the insurance coverage that is available to you.
You should act immediately and get hold of your own insurance company to notify them of the possibility that the driver of the other vehicle may be under insured.
If at all possible, you may need to be a little bit hands on. Get information regarding the drunk driver’s whereabouts prior to the accident. Also, try to locate any witnesses. These will help to support your case.
If you follow these steps you should have yourself protected when this matter comes before court.
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