Steps Every Injured Iowa Motorist Should Take Following a Drunk Driving Crash
Drunk driving accidents in Iowa and throughout the nation are the reason for many traffic deaths. In fact, drunk drivers are the cause of one-third of all fatal crashes in the U.S. alone. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers estimates that over 5,000,000 people are injured each and every year due to drivers operating under the influence.
Iowa Drunk Driving Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the 2008 state figures regarding drunk driving. In Iowa, there were 89 people killed in Iowa motor vehicle accidents where at least one driver had a 0.08% BAC or higher.
Just because you do not drink and drive, doesn't mean that you may not be a victim of an Iowa drunk driving accident. Drunk drivers are sharing the road with you, and it is important to know what to do if you are involved in a car accident with a drunk driver.
Important Steps to Take
- Call 911 or local emergency
- Stay on the scene of the accident
- Cooperate with the police
- Exchange information with the other driver, if possible (their name, address, phone number, driver's license number and insurance company information)
- Write down the license plate number, make, model and color of the other vehicle
- Seek medical care
- Take detailed notes of the accident
- Contact a lawyer who represents drunk driving accident victims in Iowa
Having a knowledgeable Iowa lawyer on your side will help to protect your legal rights. An attorney who has experience in representing drunk driving accident victims may be able to help bring the negligent driver to justice.
Even though the drunk driver will be held on criminal charges, it will most likely be in your best interest to bring a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused your injuries and damages. You may be entitled to property damages, medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, and more.
To find out what financial compensation you are entitled to, please contact the Law Offices of Brady Preston Gronlund today for a free legal consultation. Our skilled Cedar Rapids accident attorneys understand the physical damage as well as the emotion damage a drunk driver can cause you, and we will fight for your just recovery. You can reach our office at (319) 866-9277 today.
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