What to Do When a Drunk Driver Hits Your Teen
Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on Feb 12, 2023 in Auto Accident
Drinking and driving is harshly penalized throughout the United States. Unfortunately, there are still significant risks of suffering life-threatening injuries in a drunk driving accident. Even with the significant legal consequences, drivers still act negligently. Young drivers are inexperienced and may have trouble paying attention to their surroundings while driving. If a teen encounters a drunk driver, they may not understand the precautions to keep themselves safe.
If your teenager suffers severe injuries and debilitations after a drunk driving accident, you have the right to act on their behalf and seek compensation for their losses. Hospital fees, property damage, and physical therapy are a few of the many damages that can result from a drunk driving accident in Oregon. Speak with your lawyer to learn more about your legal options.
4 Steps to Take After a Drunk Driving Accident in Oregon
Following an accident with a drunk driver, your teen may contact either you or the police first. Most teenagers will feel frustrated, frightened, and unsure about their next steps. If you are either in the vehicle or can communicate, let them know these four key steps:
Call Emergency Assistance and 911
The first priority is ensuring they’re safe and out of harm’s way. If you have any injuries, it’s best to contact emergency medical assistance. For accidents with only minor injuries, the law requires those involved to contact the police if anyone suffers injuries or there is significant property damage. Since drinking and driving is illegal, they may also assess the situation and collect evidence.
Taking pictures, videos, and noting any behavior or important information will provide evidence of their negligence and crime. Contacting the police will create an accident report, and they may also test the driver’s blood alcohol level and measure whether it’s above 0.08%. This information will play a vital role in recovering compensation for your losses.
Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment
Even if your teen believes they sustained no injuries from the accident, it’s essential to have your primary care physician check to ensure no latent injuries are waiting to come forth at a later date. Having a doctor look for potential injuries will also provide documentation detailing the injury and recovery process.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
Intoxicated driving claims can be complex and challenging for those without legal experience and knowledge. A knowledgeable lawyer has the understanding and ability to protect your rights by providing the following:
- Answering your case-related questions
- Advocating for your rights and interests
- Conducting a thorough investigation into your case
- Negotiating with all parties on your behalf
- Filing paperwork correctly and on time
- Gathering evidence and documentation
- Keeping you informed and answering your legal questions
Teenagers are often unprepared to handle the stress and complexities of a car accident injury claim. Contact a highly-qualified lawyer to protect your child and receive compensation for your family’s losses.
Contact Rizk Law for an Experienced Oregon Car Accident Lawyer
The injuries your teen suffers may affect their academics and limit their ability to enjoy activities and compete in sporting events. These extracurriculars are essential to their emotional well-being and future college prospects. Your child and family deserve justice for the defendant’s inexcusable actions. Our Rizk Law lawyers will use their experience and extensive knowledge to guide you through the legal and medical process. Our positive past results and client reviews provide future clients with devoted and highly-qualified representation.