It should come as no surprise that Chicagoans like to celebrate, and national holidays like the upcoming Memorial Day often provide the perfect opportunity to do so. Many people have long weekends from work and choose to get together with family members and friends to hit the water, barbecue, and enjoy the spring weather. Like many social gatherings, Memorial Day celebrations often involve indulging in alcoholic drinks.
Unfortunately, some people ignore the serious risks of drunk driving and decide to drive home after having too much to drink. For this reason, the risks of drunk driving increase over major holidays, and you and your family members should be particularly cautious if you are on the roads during these three days in May. Additionally, if you are hit by a drunk driver, you should know what to do to protect your legal rights.
Call the Authorities
Many people are unsure whether they should call 911 following a car crash or handle the aftermath of the accident on their own. Regardless of whether you suspect that the other driver might be intoxicated, you should always call the police after an accident. Officers can perform field sobriety tests, Breathalyzer tests, and make observations that may lead to an arrest and charges for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). While a criminal case will not provide you with compensation for your injuries, it can certainly make your claim easier if the driver is convicted of DUI.
Seek Medical Treatment
Seeking medical help as soon as possible after an accident is important for your health and for a legal claim arising from the accident. You want to make sure that all your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to minimize complications for you. In addition, you want documentation of all your injuries by a medical professional who can prove the extent of your treatment-related losses.
Call a Chicago Auto Accident Attorney at Abels & Annes
Finally, you should always contact a drunk driving accident lawyer who understands how to hold intoxicated drivers liable for all your losses. At the Chicago law firm of Abels & Annes, we can help you obtain the compensation you need, so please call for a free consultation at 312-924-7575 today.