Posted by Jim Yeargan in Jim's Blog on September 10, 2018
A Sandy Springs business located on Interstate 285 was heavily damaged recently after a truck crashed into the location. By the time law enforcement arrived at the location, water was pouring out of the building and walls were substantially damaged. After colliding into the building, the truck broke through fences and bushes.
The truck’s owner, who was charged with driving under the influence, later claimed that he had no idea of the degree of damage that he had done. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident.
With the number of driving under the influence accidents that our law firm has handled, we have compiled a list of suggestions regarding what a person should and should not do following a drunk driving accident. If you find yourself involved in an accident, obtain the assistance of a skilled accident attorney who can make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner.
Step 1: Remain Calm and Assess the Situation
After the accident, you should remain calm and immediately contact emergency services if anyone is injured. It is also important to realize that the crash scene can present a number of dangers and take the steps necessary to prevent additional dangers including the risk of being struck by another vehicle. If you are unable to move your vehicle out of the way of oncoming traffic, you be certain to take steps to avoid being struck by other vehicles.
Step 2: Remain at the Scene of the Accident
With few exceptions, is it not permissible to leave the scene of the accident. Georgia law prohibits individuals from leaving the scene of an accident if there is damage to a vehicle, injury, or death is involved. Instead, drivers must give the other involved party their name, address, driver’s license number, make all reasonable efforts to request assistance from law enforcement and emergency workers, and render assistance to anyone injured.
Step 3: Do Not Admit Fault
By no means, should you argue or confront the other involved parties. Instead, you should obtain the necessary information and then minimize contact. You should also avoid admitting or acknowledging fault because these statements could later be used as evidence of your guilt in causing the accident.
Step 4: Contact Law Enforcement Immediately
It is critical to notify law enforcement about an accident as soon as possible after it happens. Under no circumstance should you convince anyone else at the scene of the accident to not contact law enforcement.
Step 5: Contact Medical Workers as Soon as Possible
Any drunk driving accident victims should make sure to receive emergency medical treatment right away.
Step 6: Take Photographs of the Accident Scene
Photographs and video of the accident are critical if the case proceeds to court. The details gleaned from this documentation can help to establish how the accident occurred as well as the various resulting damage. If it is not possible to take photographs or videos at the scene of the accident, do so soon after.
Speak with a Skilled DUI Attorney
If you are charged with driving under the influence, you can end up facing some particularly harsh penalties that result in numerous obstacles. If you are charged with driving under the influence, you should not hesitate to contact an experienced lawyer. At Yeargan & Kert LLC, we have helped many people charged with driving under the influence. Contact our law office today to schedule an initial free consultation.