Drunk driving accidents spike during the Holidays, and now is the time to know what you should do if you’ve been hit by a drunk driver in South Carolina.
In 2018, there were 10,511 deaths caused by drunk driving in South Carolina – 231 of those deaths being children aged 14 and under. These statistics make the crime of drinking and driving much more real for you and your family’s safety. It is important to know the next steps if you have been a victim of a drunk driving accident.
The first step after the initial accident is to make sure everyone is safe, and if anyone needs medical attention. Once you confirm everyone is safe, it is important to take pictures of the scene and surrounding areas. The next big step is receiving legal advice immediately! If you are going to file for a claim on your insurance, it’s important to have the proper representation from an attorney. Do not give a recorded statement to your insurance company before having the guidance of an attorney. In this type of accident, it is imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Oftentimes, an attorney can investigate whether a bar has overserved the drunk driver and there may be liability on the Bar or other providers of alcohol. If you are filing a claim against an insurance company you are far more likely to receive a higher settlement offer when represented by an attorney. Not only that but if you are recovering from a serious injury, hiring a lawyer to represent your case gives you the time you need to fully recover.
Take the weight of extra legal stresses off of your back, and call ML Lawyers at (864) 225-9155 today for a free consultation.