The holidays are here and along with them, the social gatherings of family, friends and co-workers. Food, fun and holiday cheer are flowing, therefore it is critical to remember to drive responsibly and never drink and drive. This is the season of the designated driver and it is our hope that you will think ahead and plan for the journey home. Our attorneys have prosecuted civil claims for damages against drunk drivers who have caused injuries and against taverns who sell alcohol to intoxicated persons who then drive drunk and cause injury.
We encourage you to drive sensibly, to wear a seatbelt and follow the rules of the road. However, should you be involved in an auto accident at any time, we offer this advice:
- Get immediate medical attention. Be sure to tell the doctor you were in an auto accident as your auto insurance will be responsible for the medical bills even if you have health insurance.
- Cooperate with the police but do not speak with anyone else
- Obtain the name and address of the other driver and any witnesses. Do not assume the police will gather this information
- Promptly contact your insurance carrier. You have an obligation to provide your insurance company with any information they request, often within limited time periods.
- DO NOT speak to any representative of the other driver’s insurance company
- Call Lacy Katzen LLP
The firm has handled thousands of personal injury cases throughout the years and because the laws are so complex, experience in this area is increasingly important to clients. If you have been injured in an accident, contact partners Peter Rodgers or Jacqueline Thomas who focus their practice in the areas of personal injury law, wrongful death, automobile accidents and professional negligence. Call Mr. Rodgers at 324-5707 or Ms. Thomas at 324-5717.
Drinking and driving is a hazardous combination that carries both a human and financial toll. Any amount of drinking may affect your judgment and coordination. During this holiday season, please use common sense and don’t drink and drive.
If you are stopped for a DWI, there are several steps you must take:
- Stay calm and cooperate with the police; it is their opinion of your behavior that may determine whether or not you are charged. The police must have probable cause to detain you; without it there is no conviction.
- Proactively present your license, registration and insurance card to the officer. Don’t wait to be asked.
- You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself.