Actions to Take in the Event of a Car Accident

Actions to Take in the Event of a Car Accident

Jul 10
Actions to Take in the Event of a Car Accident

Millions of families have lost fathers, mothers and other family members due to the acts of irresponsible, reckless and negligent drivers who drink and drive but are too proud to acknowledge that they will not be able to operate their vehicle safely. Though less sober, some are drowned in the thought that they can make it safely to their destination, while others are consumed with the thought that they own the road and that it is rather the duty of all others to look after their own safety by avoiding them or getting out of their way so as not to get hurt.

The costly consequences of drunk driving can include damaged properties, severe injuries, trauma and death. Though all drivers want to be safe on the road and suppose that all other drivers should observer traffic and other road safety rules, many confess to violating at least a couple of rules occasionally, but believing that what they do is not at all dangerous.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving and reckless driving – the top four contributing factors to car crashes.

There is no acceptable explanation to driving while intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not prohibit drivers from drinking anytime they want and as much as they want; what these agencies prohibit is driving afterwards.  This is because a person who is drunk is impaired, and impairment is the primary reason why drunk driving is prohibited. It makes a person less sober, and makes his/her reflexes slower. Besides this, impairment also affects a person’s judgment, perception, coordination, reaction time and general ability to focus on the road.

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in the U.S. is 0.08%; this can result from consuming  4 – 5 regular bottles beer in an hour. This means that anyone who will be caught driving with this BAC level (or higher) can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving or DUI/DWI, driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated.

Because of the obstinacy of millions of drivers, however, drunk driving remains to be a major problem. In 2008 alone, 13,838 alcohol-related fatal crashes were reported to the NHTSA; since then, the number of deaths due to this irresponsible road behavior has never gone down to 10,200.

A victim of drunk-driving suffers not only physical injuries and trauma resulting from his/her life-threatening experience. It is very likely that his/her family also suffers financial hardship due to his/her costly medical treatment. Situations become worse if the injury leads to disability as this will mean wages lost and higher cost of medical care.

An article in the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., says, “Accidents happen every day, and they often cause no harm. However, there are many occasions when accidents inflict serious injuries to those involved. These injuries lead to longstanding complications with medical costs, litigation, disputes with insurance companies, and many other difficulties that victims must handle, even if the accident was not their fault in the first place. Concurrently, many at-fault parties may not believe that they must pay compensation for their actions despite legal requirements to do so. These situations occur far too frequently and if a victim does not have strong legal representation at their side, they may never receive the compensation they need to recover.”

According to the law firm Williams Kherkher, ‘Car accidents are terrifying and often overwhelming ordeals, and in many instances, victims of a car accidents find themselves confused about what they should do in the moments, days, and weeks following their collision. Because of this, the said law firm has put together a quick guide outlining the steps that car accident victims should follow to get the help they need.

  1. Get Evaluated by a Doctor
  1. Document the Evidence as Extensively as Possible
  1. File an Insurance Claim
  1. Get Your Car Fixed, if You Can
  1. Take Legal Action if Necessary – If you are unable to get the financial compensation you feel you are entitled to from your insurance claim, or if you are thinking about taking further action against the party responsible for your car accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side to make sure that your legal needs are protected. At Williams Kherkher, our experienced attorneys have been helping people just like you for more than 30 years, and we know what it takes to effectively represent car accident victims in Houston.

By taking the appropriate steps after a car accident, accident victims can significantly increase their chances of making a full recovery from their injuries, securing the financial   assistance they need, and protecting themselves from any adverse legal action.

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