The holidays are traditionally a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate. Unfortunately, holiday celebrations tend to involve alcohol, which tends to result in an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the roadways. Between Blackout Wednesday, office parties, and college students back in town for several weeks with very little to do, there are ample opportunities for people to get behind the wheel after one too many.
Fortunately, in most cases, people who suffer injuries in accidents caused impaired drivers can recover compensation. It’s not as if a check automatically appears in the mail after an accident, however, so it’s important that you speak to a Maryland personal injury attorney about your legal options if you suffered an injury.
Stay Safe on the Roads This Holiday Season
Fortunately, there are certain things you can do around the holidays to reduce your risk of being injured by a drunk driver, such as:
- Avoid driving in parts of town that have a high concentration of bars or restaurants, particularly in the evening hours.
- Host the party yourself. Obviously, if you’re not on the road, your chances of being injured by a drunk driver are virtually zero.
- Do go out too late. Most drunk driving accidents happen between midnight and 3 a.m.
- If you see a driver behaving erratically, weaving, or showing other signs of impairment, put as much space between you and that driver as possible. In addition, don’t hesitate to call the local police department to report drivers you think may be drunk.
How to Protect Your Rights After an Accident with a Drunk Driver
- Call 911 – It’s important that the police respond to the scene and evaluate the other driver. If they share your suspicion that the other driver is intoxicated, it can make it much easier to recover compensation.
- Undergo a thorough medical evaluation – You should undergo a thorough medical evaluation, even if you do not believe that your injuries are particularly serious. Documenting your injuries is critical for any insurance claim you may make in the future.
- Do not accept a settlement offer without speaking to a lawyer – You only get one chance to settle your case, so it’s important to make sure that any offer that you accept is sufficient. As a result, it’s a bad idea to accept a settlement offer before discussing your case with an attorney.
- Call an attorney as soon as you can – After an accident, you should retain legal counsel ASAP. Waiting could hurt your chances of recovering compensation.
Call Us Today to Speak to a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney About Your Case
If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it’s important that you speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call Alpert Schreyer, LLC today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.