If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by drunk driver in Atlanta, you have the right to sue for compensation for your medical bills, property damage and other losses.  However, the first steps you take after the Atlanta DUI accident may help determine the outcome of your Atlanta drunk driving injury case.
1.  Do call 911.  Ask the officer at the scene how you can get a copy of the police report.
2. Don’t try to move your vehicle unless it is necessary for safety reasons.  Stay in your vehicle until the police arrive.
3. Write down the name, contact information and license number of the other driver(s) and license plate number of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident.
4. Get contact information from any witnesses, including phone numbers. Let them know that you or your attorney may contact them regarding the accident.
5. Use your cell phone camera or digital camera to take photos of the damage to your vehicle, your injuries and the accident scene.
6. Seek medical attention for your injuries.  Follow the doctor’s orders and go to all follow-up appointments, including appointments for physical therapy or rehabilitation services.
7. As soon as possible, write down everything you remember about the accident including any conversations with the other driver.
8. Don't get rid of any possible evidence, including your damaged property or clothing.
9. If an insurance agent calls, do not give details of the accident or of your injuries.  Refuse to make a recorded statement.
10. Don't let the insurance company representative talk you into a fast settlement. Drunk driving victims are eligible for punitive damages and insurance companies will rarely offer these in an Atlanta accident settlement.  Don’t sign anything until you speak to an Atlanta DUI injury lawyer.
11. Contact an Atlanta DUI injury lawyer.
If you are an Atlanta DUI victim, you need an experienced Georgia accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected.  Atlanta DUI injury lawyer Shane Smith will fight to get you the compensation and accountability you are entitled to. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to schedule a free consultation.
To learn more about the rights of Atlanta DUI victims, download our free book, "10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case ."

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