If you believe a driver on the road is drunk, it’s best to report it to prevent a possible accident. The fastest and easiest way to report a drunk driver in Las Vegas is by calling 911 or *NHP (star 647) with your cell phone. You are allowed to use your cell phone while driving if you are informing the police about a drunk driver.
Unfortunately, thousands of innocent people are killed each year in preventable drunk driving accidents.
The steps you take after an accident with a drunk driver can significantly impact your claim.
It can be challenging to stay calm after a sudden accident, but doing so can help you make rational decisions.
Even if no one appears to be injured, it’s in your best interest to notify the police. Mention to them you believe the driver is under the influence, and they will assess the situation. Medical responders will check if you have injuries you are unaware of.
It’s imperative to take photos or video of the accident scene because they can be used as evidence to support your claim. If you suspect that the other driver is drunk, start collecting physical evidence and taking mental notes of what is happening around you. See if there’s anything telling about their demeanor, write down what they say to you, and whether they smell of alcohol.
Ask for the other driver’s contact information, such as their phone number and insurance information. If they are too drunk or severely injured, this information will be included in the police report.
An ambulance will most likely take you to a local hospital for a medical evaluation and treatment. If not, see a doctor immediately following the accident. Medical records will be used to show that the drunk driver’s actions directly caused your injuries.
It can be difficult to seek fair compensation from an insurance company for the damages and injuries on your own. Schedule a free consultation with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to learn your options.
When filing an accident claim, an attorney will gather evidence to prove the other driver was intoxicated and show the extent of your losses. The at-fault driver’s insurance company may still attempt to avoid liability and place the blame on you. On the other hand, if the insurer accepts responsibility, they will likely try to pressure you into a quick settlement that is much lower than your case’s value.
It is wise to consult with a Las Vegas accident attorney who can help you fight for and determine what constitutes a fair settlement. Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers have been helping injured clients in Las Vegas for over 20 years. Contact us today for a free consultation.