Did you know that each day in the United States approximately 32 people are killed due to an alcohol impaired driver? As the Centers for Disease Control points out, drunk driving isn’t just a traffic-related issue; it is a public health problem. In 2020 alone, 30% of traffic-related deaths were related to alcohol impairment. And while you may be aware of the statistic, you probably never assume that you will be part of those stats.
If you’ve recently been in an accident where a friend was drunk driving, there are some essential steps to take.
You Need Immediate Medical Attention
The top priority after being in an accident is to get immediate medical attention. Not all injuries are visible or clear from the get-go. So, even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt badly, you could be suffering from such things as a concussion or internal bleeding. Visiting the emergency clinic or hospital means you can be checked over fully, and all necessary tests can be performed.
Some of the most common injuries that car accidents can cause include:
- Broken bones
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Traumatic brain injury
The hope is that your injuries are minor, and that recovery is simple and quick. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and you may need several surgeries and ongoing care.
Physical Injuries May Be Only Half of What You’re Dealing With
There are also the injuries that can’t be seen and won’t show up on tests and that’s the emotional injuries a car accident can cause. If you were involved in a severe car accident, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur. This can happen to someone who has been in a traumatic situation or witnessed it, and a severe car accident certainly ticks off those boxes.
PTSD can cause severe anxiety, flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts regarding the traumatic event, and nightmares, and this can last for years. It’s best to speak to a professional therapist or counsellor.
You May Wish to File a Personal Injury Claim
Finally, you may wish to file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver. If your medical costs are adding up, you’re unable to work and the pain and suffering are substantial, then compensation can at least help. Insurance companies are known for trying to low-ball people, so never accept an early offer. Instead, give us at Pencheff & Fraley Co., L.P.A. a call so we can represent you and fight for you.
We have plenty of experience when it comes to personal injury cases, including those that involve a drunk-driving-related accident. We understand what’s involved to prove your case, and how the law works. We will also advise you on the damages you can ask for (compensation), including non-economic damages for things such things as pain and suffering and PTSD.
Be sure to visit our offices in person so we can discuss your case. You can find us at:
- Westerville – 4151 Executive Pkwy, Suite 355, Westerville, OH 43081
- Mansfield – 33 S. Lexington-Springmill Rd, Mansfield, OH 44906
You can also call now for a free consultation at (614) 224-4114.