Drunk driving gets a lot of attention, as it should. An equally important problem that isn’t discussed as frequently, though, is drugged driving. Driving while under the influence of illegal or legal drugs is just as dangerous as driving while drunk, and it is something that claims the lives of many people every year.
Car accidents involving drugged drivers are, unfortunately, on the rise. While drugs were only a factor in about 16 percent of fatal crashes in 1999, they are now a factor in nearly a third of car accident fatalities. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 12.8 million people over the age of 16 admitted to driving after using illicit drugs in 2017. Those are some frightening statistics!
What’s even scarier, of course, is being involved in a drug-related car accident. If you have been injured by a drugged driver, you have the right to claim damages. In order to receive the compensation to which you are entitled, however, there are several steps that you need to follow. Here are a few steps to take after being injured in a drug-related car accident.
Call 911 immediately after the crash, even if you only have minor injuries. Let the dispatcher know that you are injured and request that they send a police officer and an ambulance to the scene. While you are waiting for help to arrive, stay close to your vehicle, but make sure you are in a safe place. Leave your vehicle exactly where it is unless you need to move it for safety reasons.
Don’t interact with the other driver. If they are impaired by drugs, they could be dangerous. If it is safe to do so, lock yourself inside your vehicle until assistance arrives.
Once an officer arrives, provide them with your version of the events that unfolded. Make sure to let them know that you believe the other driver may be under the influence of drugs. Ask them to obtain the driver’s contact information and find out how you can get a copy of the police report once it has been completed. If there are any witnesses, request their names and contact information.
Photograph the scene. Get pictures of the position of the vehicles, the damage to your vehicle and any injuries you may have. If the driver is behaving in an erratic manner or appears to be on drugs, film their behavior (if it is safe to do so).
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need to be transported to the hospital via ambulance. If your injuries are minor and you are able to transport yourself, go to the emergency room or urgent care center immediately. If you would prefer, you can also make a same-day appointment with your primary care provider. Even if you do not think that you are injured, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident.
Document any medical bills or expenses you incur. Even if you just need to buy a box of bandages, keep your receipt. Get copies of any procedures, tests or prescriptions your doctor orders. Ask for copies of any other documentation regarding your injuries as well.
Contact an experienced lawyer as soon as you are able to do so. Cases involving drugged driving accidents are often complex, and insurance companies fight to pay out as little as possible. Working with an experienced attorney who is familiar with automobile collisions is the best way to ensure that your rights are not infringed upon and that you will be able to recover damages. When speaking with the insurance companies, never sign an offer or accept a settlement without discussing it with your lawyer.
If you have been injured in a drug-related car accident, don’t panic. Remain as calm as possible and follow the steps outlined above to ensure that your rights are protected. Driving under the influence of drugs is just as serious as driving under the influence of alcohol, and when one causes an accident while driving under the influence, they need to be held accountable for their actions. At Kopelman Sitton, we are experienced automobile accident attorneys and we are well-versed in cases involving drugged driving. Please contact us today to arrange a consultation.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a product, knowing what to do can be difficult. Injuries caused by products that are defective due to their design, materials, or manufacturing process can be devastating and, in many cases, the people who get hurt are entitled to financial compensation. Manufacturers are required by law to produce and sell products that are safe for people to use. They are also required to include safety instructions and make buyers aware of any potential risks.
Due to the incredible size and weight of tractor-trailers, accidents involving these massive vehicles are much more dangerous than those involving passenger cars. While the average passenger car weighs around 4,000 pounds, 18-wheelers can weigh a whopping 80,000 pounds. Based on this alone, it is easy to see how accidents involving these vehicles often result in catastrophic injuries or death. The results are especially devastating in accidents in which a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle are involved.
If you have been injured or suffered as a result of poor medical treatment or an incorrect diagnosis from a medical provider, filing a medical malpractice case may be the best option for obtaining compensation. While no amount of money can take away the pain you have suffered as the result of someone else’s negligence, it can help you cover the costs of mounting medical bills, lost wages, etc.
In the State of Georgia, diminished value can apply to damage sustained to vehicles in automobile accidents as well as damage to real property as the result of something like a chemical spill. In simple terms, diminished value refers to the perceived loss in value of a vehicle or real property as the result of accidental damage. When something is damaged, understandably it is worth less than it was prior to the damage. This is true even if it is repaired professionally and is functionally the same as it was before. The reduced value can, of course, be problematic when the owner attempts to sell the damaged property.
As an employee working in the State of Georgia, you have certain rights, benefits and responsibilities in the event of an on-the-job injury. Workers’ compensation provides you with coverage for work-related injuries and illnesses and can provide a much-needed safety net if you find yourself unable to work. It covers things like lost wages and medical expenses related to your injury and may provide compensation for both permanent and temporary disabilities.
When you have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, it almost always feels catastrophic. Under the law, however, whether a personal injury is classified as “catastrophic” is determined based on numerous factors. There is no legal definition of a catastrophic injury that is accepted universally, but there are a few working definitions which are accepted in most legal situations. This makes it easier for attorneys and their clients to assess serious and extreme injuries.
As a consumer, you have certain rights. Manufacturers are required by law to sell products that are safe for people to use. Unfortunately, dangerous and defective products sometimes slip through the cracks and end up on the market. People who are injured or suffer other damages because of a product may have a defective product liability claim. Product liability claims are complex, and determining whether you have a valid claim and preparing your case can be challenging. Familiarizing yourself with how these claims work makes the process a bit easier.
When a medical professional fails to provide appropriate care to patients, the results are often devastating. When their actions result in death or injury, it is considered medical malpractice. Fortunately, most healthcare professionals deliver quality care and make accidents an exception rather than the rule. Despite the best intentions, though, mistakes sometimes happen. Even worse, medical professionals occasionally act negligently, leading to serious consequences for the patient.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died as the result of medical malpractice, you have certain legal rights and may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of medical malpractice.
Being the victim of a hit and run accident is terrifying. In addition to physical pain, you likely feel confused and angry. You may also be worried about how you will pay your medical bills or afford to miss work. Without contact information for the person at fault, it can be difficult to determine how to receive compensation for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle or other personal property.
Fortunately, you are not on your own. If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, here’s what you need to know.