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What to Do If Struck by a Drunk Driver

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Every day, it is estimated that drunk drivers take the lives of 28 people in traffic fatalities, and many more are injured.  If you were in a crash with a drunk driver, you have legal grounds to act. There is no excuse to get behind the wheel when you are impaired. However, while you have the right to take legal action, you are not guaranteed a fair payout. For that, you need to put together a strong case. The best thing to do is hire a personal injury attorney. They will be able to take over your case to get you to compensation you deserve. But that does not mean you should not take steps to help your case too. Here are some things you can do to help improve the outcome of your case.

See a Doctor.

Your health should always be your number one priority. Even if you were lucky enough to walk away from the scene, seeking medical treatment is key. Not all injuries sustained in a car crash are noticeable immediately. Many of the most common impact injuries are apparent for days or even weeks. For example, internal bleeding or brain damage can be major concerns after a crash, and it’s possible you might not even know you are suffering from these injuries. Seeing your doctor can help prevent any possible injuries from getting worse, and get you started with treatment.

Save Important Documents.

Throughout your case, you are going to find yourself with a bunch of documents. It’s going to be important to keep all of them that relate to your case. things like police reports or hospital logs will help demonstrate the damages you have suffered and help demonstrate the fault lies with the other party.  Here are some documents you should keep in a safe place until you can hand them over to your lawyer.

  • The official police report.
  • Statements from eyewitnesses.
  • Diagnostic images.
  • Photographs of any visible wounds.
  • Hospital logs.
  • Receipts for injury-related expenses.
  • Paystubs detailing your missed work.

Have a Personal Injury Journal.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, it is most likely going to affect your everyday life. To help demonstrate the extent of your emotional distress or pain and suffering, keeping a journal can be helpful. This journal should detail how your injuries are affecting your life. Taking the time to write down what you are experiencing can really help express what you are going through.

Stay Off Facebook

Anything you post online or on social media can put your case at risk. Insurance adjusters will find any reason to challenge your credibility. Setting your account to private might not even be enough. Insurance adjusters can find ways to get around these privacy settings. It’s best to just stay off social media until your case is finalized.  Even the most innocent post can be twisted by an adjuster to justify lowering your payout, or not paying you at all.


Have you or a loved one been in a serious car crash and suffered injuries? If so, you should contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney. Villarreal and Begum is a local San Antonio firm that will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We serve clients across Texas with offices in San Antonio, Austin, McAllen, and Laredo. We are available day and night to take your calls. Call or contact us via our website. The Law Guns will fight for you.