Regardless of how many public safety announcements or how tough the drunk driving laws, the holidays continue to be a dangerous time to be on the road.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, upwards of 781 people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes during December of 2016 and 300 died between Christmas and New Year. Last year, the National Highway Safety Administration blitzed the public with a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign during the holiday season that had little effect on curbing drunk driving. Still, approximately 25 percent of all car accident fatalities are related to drunk driving during December.
While we all want to enjoy a glorious holiday season with family and loved ones, it’s important to be careful of alcohol-impaired drivers. If you or a loved one are injured by a drunk driver during the holidays, call the Accidents Wreck Lives law firm.
What To Do if Hurt By A Drunk Driver
There are two important things to keep in mind if you are hurt by a drunk driver. First, drunk driving is a crime. Second, you have a right to seek full, fair compensation for your loss. While a car accident can be extremely emotional, do your best to remain calm and take the following steps.
- Call The Police: Alerting law enforcement could result in the negligent party’s DUI arrest and help prove fault. The police will create an impartial record about the car accident that can be crucial to getting the compensation you deserve.
- Gather Information: If you are physically able, collect eyewitness contact information, take photos of the car accident scene and make notes about the drunk driver’s demeanor.
- Seek Medical Attention: It is common for people involved in a car accident to feel healthy because of adrenaline. You may feel fine immediately after the collision, but pain and discomfort may set in later. It’s important to seek an immediate medical evaluation and appropriate treatment.
Also, keep in mind that significant soft tissue injuries can take days or weeks to manifest.
Call An Experienced Dawsonville DUI Lawyer
We all hope that your holiday season is both joyous and incident free. Unfortunately, Georgia drunk driving accidents have reportedly risen by as much as 36 percent in recent years.
While we all hope you and your family negotiate the holidays safely, the personal injury attorneys at Accidents Wreck Lives are prepared to take your case and get you the compensation you deserve. It would be fundamentally unfair to suffer a loss and pay for that drunk driver’s negligence. Call our Dawsonville, Georgia, law office at 800-400-GA-LAW.