Preparing For Your West Virginia Personal Injury Claim
You can begin the preparations for a West Virginia personal injury claim immediately after a drunk driving accident. If you are seriously injured in a DUI accident in West Virginia, you should concentrate on getting appropriate medical attention. However, if you are able to, there are steps that you (or another occupant in your vehicle if you are incapacitated) can take to strengthen your potential West Virginia personal injury claim:
- Observe the suspected drunk driver. Look for outward signs of intoxication, but do not engage the driver in conversation. Monitor whether they slur their speech, vomit, lose their balance, or try to mask their condition before the police arrive.
- Take pictures of the accident. Focus on the damage done to the vehicles involved. Note where on the road the collision took place (at an intersection, on a freeway, etc.). Be sure to photograph any skid marks, loose car parts, and nearby related damages.
- Get contact information from witnesses. Ask bystanders if they saw the accident and get them to describe what they observed. Write down their contact information and a few notes about what they saw. Remember that some witnesses may be inside nearby buildings and could have seen what happened through a window.
- Photograph your injuries. These pictures will help show the physical damage that you sustained after the accident. After seeking medical treatment, obtain copies of scans, X-rays, and other images of your injuries. Be sure to take additional photos of your injuries in the hours and days after your accident as well as during your recovery process.
West Virginia DUI laws are intended to deter drunk drivers. But, if you are the victim of a DUI accident in West Virginia, you have the right to seek compensation by filing a West Virginia personal injury claim. A qualified Clarksburg car accident lawyer can assist you with that process.
Unfortunately, car accidents are a regular occurrence on West Virginia roadways such as I-79, I-77, Route 50, Route 33, and I-68. In fact, our state averages more than 40,000 car crashes, more than 400 deaths, and more than 11,000 serious injuries each year. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a West Virginia car accident, order a FREE copy of our consumer guide, The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Wreck Your West Virginia Car Accident Claim then contact the Clarksburg personal injury attorneys at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation - (304) 326-1800.