Oftentimes after an accident, people will be understandably shaken up, but it is important to gather your wits if you are in the position to do so, and get some vital information. Particularly, if you have been hit by a drunk driver, your emotions can run very high given that someone's irresponsibility and carelessness just caused an accident that involved you.

If you have been in a car accident and you suspect the driver who hit you has been drinking, you want to make sure that you do not make any mistakes after a Georgia drunk driving accident. These can severely damage your case if and when you decide to proceed.

If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed by a drunk driver, you may be eligible to recover damages after the fact. The financial compensation you can earn can help you put your life back together after a catastrophic wreck, but even one mistake can leave you with nothing.

One mistake many people make is not calling the police and getting the accident reported. Sometimes an accident might appear minor, and the victims don't realize that the other driver has been drinking, so a call to the police seems unnecessary.

A police report contains vital information about your accident, and the police are the first people to call if there are no injuries that need medical attention immediately. It is also important that the police, and not you, deal with an intoxicated person.

Another mistake people make is saying that they are not hurt at the scene of the accident. This can be used against you if injury symptoms from the accident arise later should arise later, affecting your ability to seek full and fair financial compensation

Finally, do not make the mistake of failing to call your insurance company and report the accident. Some insurance companies won't pay claims if accidents are not reported within a specified amount of time.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, it is important to seek legal counsel. This can be important for both dealing with the issue of a negligent driver as well as getting full compensation from the insurance companies involved.

To learn more about what a lawyer can do for you if you have been hit by a drunk driver, contact the DUI victim attorneys in Atlanta at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free consultation today. You can call us at (770) HURT-999 or fill out the form on this page.

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