Motor vehicle accidents cause disorientation and confusion, especially if you did not see the other car coming.
If you have been in an accident, wondering what happened was probably one of your first questions. It is also the question everybody else is going to be asking you.
The police, your family, your friends, the doctors, your lawyer, the insurance adjusters, the judge, and the jury, if your case goes to court, are all going to ask you what happened.
If the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, there may be more serious repercussions than the damage and injuries caused by the accident. Drunk drivers need to be held accountable for their actions and their decision to drive while impaired.
The drunk driving accident lawyers at Tatum and Atkinson will help you by investigating the accident to determine what exactly did happen and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
The police will not always know who was driving a vehicle in an accident since they typically arrive after the collision has happened. There are several circumstantial evidence factors that police use to prove who was driving.
There are many ways for police to know you were driving. You are required to stay at the scene of the accident, especially if you were driving, so it’s best not to leave.
When an accident has already occurred, it is best not to make things worse.
Stay at the scene and be honest. If you feel like you will incriminate yourself in some way, do not say anything and contact a lawyer to speak on your behalf.
Watch for any suspicious activity before the authorities arrive and report it to them immediately. If you are well enough to remain at the scene, talk to the police about what happened.
Examples of things to watch for are:
Some people do these things to hide their fault in causing the accident. Police need to know these details to add to their report.
Refrain from approaching other drivers about what you see. The police are trained to handle these situations.
Your lawyer will look into certain aspects of the accident to prove that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the collision.
Personal injury lawyers specializing in drunk driving accident cases, like the team at Tatum & Atkinson, know how to prove that the driver was drunk and that they caused your accident. They will find all the evidence necessary to build a strong case and get you paid.
Police officers are trained to identify impaired drivers.
They start by asking the driver questions. They can ask the driver outright if they have been drinking, but they understand that the driver may try to lie about their illegal activities.
The way the driver talks – with slurred speech, for example – can give away their drunkenness just as easily as an honest answer. Field sobriety tests, according to the Field Sobriety Test website, are the common next step to determine whether someone is impaired.
The police officer may also ask the driver to perform a set of simple tasks that are very difficult for drunk people to complete.
The final step is a breathalyzer test. The results appear within seconds and show the officer the driver’s blood alcohol content level with a fair amount of accuracy.
If the driver does not agree with the results, a blood test can be administered at a healthcare facility for the best accuracy.
The experienced and trustworthy attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson are ready to investigate your case to get you the best possible compensation. Call us at (800) LAW-0804 right away for your free consultation.
The sooner we get started, the stronger your case will be.
Do not wait any longer than you already have. Let us start working for you so we can get you paid.