You have been hit by a drunk driver. What should you do? Well, the first thing you do if go to the emergency room. Make note of whoever it was who hit you. Sometimes, you can't but we can get the crash report and we also make sure we get the statements. We also make sure that we find out what that blood alcohol level is.
In Virginia, if the person who hit you was drunk, and they had a blood alcohol level of .15 or more, in addition to being compensated for your injuries, we can receive an additional large sum of money for something called punitive damages. Punitive comes from the word ‘punish'. We want to stop these folks who are not just drunk but super drunk. We know what to do. We know how to get top dollar because this is the only way that we can stop folks from driving drunk and maiming and killing people we care about and love.
These cases are complicated but easy for folks like me. If you don't know an experienced injury lawyer, please call me, the personal injury lawyer.
What are the three most important things you should and shouldn't do if you have been injured because of some type of an accident or incident:
- Go to the Emergency Room. Don't think, for a moment, that you are not hurt. Maybe you aren't but you should not be making that decision independently. You can also go to a Patient First or Urgent Care or one of those places like that. Don't wait.
- Do not talk to an insurance company. Most of the people will tell you that the first thing that you have to do is call the insurance company. I'm telling you, that is the last thing that you want to do. You should not call your insurance company and do not call the insurance company of the person that was involved.
- Get off your social media. Do not text people with what happened or go online with what happened. So often, people think that it won't hurt them to text or post about the accident but many times, whatever comments you make, can come back to haunt you. You should call an experienced personal injury lawyer to get advice. If you don't know an experienced personal injury lawyer, call me. I'm Lawrence Land. I've been helping injured people throughout Virginia for 36 years. Call me for free legal advice.
- While the drunk driver faces strict criminal punishment, he or she also faces a civil lawsuit where we sue to get money to compensate the victim for their injuries as well as for their pain and suffering and lost wages. As a victim, you need an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer to ensure your best result in obtaining compensation for your injuries, as well as income that was lost as a result of a drunk driving accident.