According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes.” Maryland takes drunk driving very seriously. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation as a result. Read on to learn more about the process.
What do I do if I am injured by a drunk driver?
If you are injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, conduct breathalyzer and field sobriety tests, interview witnesses, and more.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this will allow you to document the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Document the scene: Before the ambulance arrives, it is important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Take photos of your injuries, all the vehicles involved, and any property that was damaged.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Ask for their names and contact information.
An injury can impact your life in a number of ways. For example, you may struggle physically, financially, and emotionally. As a result, you may deserve compensation for things like medical bills, car repairs, pain and suffering, and more. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim in time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file in time will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. To avoid this, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver in Maryland, our firm is here for you. We will advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out today to speak with a skilled and dedicated attorney.
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Our firm understands how overwhelming the claims process can be, which is why it is our job to handle the entire legal side of the matter while you focus solely on what matters most: healing. We know the ins and outs of the claims process, and we are ready to put our knowledge and experience in the field to work for you. Contact The Dorsey Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.