Drunk Driving Crashes
Did A Drunk Driver Cause Your Accident?
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) reported that 10,265 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2015, approximately one out of every three motor vehicle-related fatalities that year. Even though the law permits drivers to get behind the wheel of their vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) up to 0.08 – 0.04 for truck drivers – any impairment can lead to dangerous mistakes and a catastrophic crash. If someone driving under the influence caused your injuries, you may be able to take legal action to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. have spent decades representing injured victims in court and at the negotiating table – through our efforts, we have successfully recovered over $4 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. If you were seriously injured in a car accident, don’t wait to hire the representation you need to fight for the compensation you deserve to cover any damages or medical bills you incurred. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.
Taking Care Of Yourself After An Accident
Car crashes are jarring and stressful experiences, and it’s important to keep calm. Remaining calm will allow you to assess the situation, check yourself and your passengers for injuries, and take any actions necessary to collect evidence that can help you prove your case.
- Check Yourself For Injury: The most important thing to do is check to make sure that you haven’t suffered a serious injury – while your gut instinct may be to immediately go and help others, you need to make sure that you don’t exacerbate any injuries you may have suffered. Once you’ve done an initial check, consider whether you need to be taken to the emergency room via ambulance or on your own. Even in situations where you feel okay following a crash, you may have suffered an injury that isn’t immediately obvious, and emergent medical attention may still be necessary.
- Get The Police Involved: Once you’ve assessed and addressed any possible injuries, you need to call the police to alert them of the crash. Once they arrive on the scene, answer all of their questions honestly to help them complete their police report. This will be an important document you may need to rely on to prove your case.
- Make Sure You Get The Other Driver’s Information: Make sure you take down the insurance, ownership, contact and driver’s license information of any other drivers involved in the crash. While they may provide this to the officers on the scene, it’s best to have it in your possession for ease of access as necessary.
Call us at (312) 313-0202 today to explain your case to a member of our firm.
Hire The Legal Representation You Need
Car accidents can be stressful and even devastating experiences, and it’s important to hire the experienced legal representation you require to ensure your rights are protected. Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. have spent their careers providing injured victims with knowledgeable and dedicated legal assistance. Call us at (312) 313-0202 to explain your situation to one of our lawyers today, or fill out our online for to request a free case evaluation.