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What Should I Do After a Drunk Driving Accident in Florida?

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After a drunk driving accident in Florida, ensure your safety by moving your car to the shoulder of the highway, call the police, and wait for help. In addition, if possible, document the scene with photos or video, and gather contact information of any witnesses. Make sure to ask for a copy of the police report, and when your healthcare provider begins sending invoices, be sure to save them. If you were hurt in a DUI accident, you deserve legal counsel that will advocate for you.

Kogan & DiSalvo is a premier personal injury law firm in Florida. Our team takes the time to know you, to understand your challenges and build an authentic relationship. We fight for your right to be fairly compensated for your damages—so you can rebuild your life. Contact us for a free consultation. We can answer any questions, and review your case to determine if you have a viable personal injury claim.

Move from the roadway if possible

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If you are blocking the roadway after an accident, move your vehicle to the shoulder if possible. Any time you block the road, you are at greater risk of being struck by another motorist. If you cannot, exit your vehicle and wait on the shoulder of the road for emergency assistance or the police.  

Check for injuries

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Your health is a priority following a drunk driving accident. These accidents have the potential to result in life-altering health consequences, so the steps you take to protect yourself are important. If you believe you’ve been injured, seek medical treatment immediately. Even if you consider your injuries minor, any delay could put your recovery at risk. In addition, this will protect your personal injury claim. If you fail to seek treatment and allow your injuries to worsen, the at-fault party could argue you are not entitled to all your damages.

Contact the police

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You should always contact the police after an accident that involves bodily injuries or serious property damage. This is especially important in cases where you suspect the other driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The police have an obligation to respond to serious accidents and provide aid as needed. However, in cases where a drunk driver causes a crash, the police have multiple roles. Not only will they see to your injuries and request medical help when necessary, but they will also initiate a criminal investigation that could result in the arrest of the drunken driver.

Document the accident

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If your injuries allow it, you could benefit from carefully documenting your accident. Despite being hit by a drunken driver, you will still need to be able to build a case that they were negligent to recover fair compensation. The first step is to identify any witnesses. Having a neutral witness who can testify about how your accident happened is powerful evidence. They may even corroborate your belief that the other driver in the accident was impaired.

You could also document the accident scene by taking pictures, including the damage your vehicle sustained to where the cars came to rest after the accident.

Contact Kogan & DiSalvo for a free consultation

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A car accident attorney in Florida from our team could help you build a winning case for compensation against the impaired driver that struck you. This starts with a comprehensive investigation and concludes with a settlement or verdict in your favor. We are ready to help you seek justice following. To discuss your options and learn about a path toward financial compensation, reach out for a free consultation today. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees. We look forward to hearing from you.

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