Drunk Driving Accidents
When someone gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking, he or she is placing both his or her own life and the lives of everyone else on the road in danger. Such a careless choice should not go without redress, particularly when other people are injured or killed because of a reckless decision.
If you’ve been the victim or have lost a loved one due to a Florida drunk driving auto accident, you need someone on your side to help you navigate the legal system. We understand the hardship and uncertainty you’re facing as a result of the accident, and we’re ready to help you get compensated for physical and emotional injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and other loss caused by the accident.
The process to get compensation can be challenging, as insurance companies can give you the runaround and try to give as little as possible or even hurt your claim. At Hudgins Law Firm, we know you’re already dealing with enough. We can help you by representing you and your best interests to the insurance companies and in court, should a trial be necessary.
For more than 25 years, our Florida personal injury law firm has represented many who have endured similar tragedies. We’re here to support you, answer your questions, and take some of the burden off your shoulders.
What to do next in the wake of a drunk driving accident …
Get medical care as soon as possible, even if you do not feel seriously injured. You may be in a state of shock and not feel back, neck or other soft tissue injuries until days later. The longer you wait to obtain treatment, the harder it will be for you to prove that your injuries were caused by the drunk driver accident.
It’s important that in the days and weeks following your Florida drunk driving accident that you document your injuries, medical care, and recovery progress. Doing this is easy and should require little time.
Because bruises, broken bones, and lacerations eventually heal, begin by taking photos of initial injuries; these pictures can be used as evidence for your injury lawyer as he or she negotiates your settlement or tries your case. Also take note of how you feel and how the injuries hinder your daily life – for example, if the pain was so bad you couldn’t sleep or despite pain medication you remained in pain for days. It may also be beneficial for your claim if you document the medication you take and keep records of your doctor’s visits and medical bills.
Other items to keep for your claim include the accident report, photographs of the accident scene and the involved vehicles, and names and contact information of witnesses and others involved.
Ongoing support …
As you or your loved ones recover from a Florida drunk driving accident, consider other sources of support as well to help you through this trying time. Friends and family are always a good place to look for emotional support and a helping hand with the many tasks brought on by the accident, whether it is traveling to and from doctor’s appointments or handling matters following a loved one’s death. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD (www.madd.org), a nonprofit organization with the mission to stop drunk driving and support the victims of drunk driving accidents, is an excellent resource for support as well.