As a driver in Mississippi, it’s possible at some point you’ll end up in a car accident. And while you hope it’s not the case, the other driver may be under the influence.
Getting in an accident can be an uncertain and scary experience, even before you factor in drunk driving. You can follow a few guidelines to ensure you properly handle an accident in which the other driver is intoxicated.
Assuming you’re not seriously injured, it’s important to remain calm and measured, especially in your interactions with the other driver.
Someone under the influence may be more impulsive or excitable, and the fact that they’re potentially in serious trouble can raise the emotional stakes. Don’t escalate the situation into a confrontation, as that can be extremely dangerous.
You’ll also want to make sure you contact the police immediately. Even if the accident appears to be relatively minor, it’s a good idea to involve the police, especially if the other driver appears to be driving while intoxicated. That driver is a danger on the road, and should not continue to drive.
Understand your legal rights
You may assume that if the other driver in an accident is drunk, you’re guaranteed to receive compensation without having to do anything. But this isn’t always true.
Gather as much evidence at the scene as possible. Take pictures and notes so that you can jog your memory if needed. If you can take a video of the other driver in a visibly intoxicated state, that can also be useful.
By documenting the evidence and details of your accident, you increase the chances of a favorable ruling or judgment from the court.
Getting into a car accident is a bad experience regardless of circumstances, and it can be even worse when the other driver is drunk. Exercising caution and documenting your experience maximizes your chances of coming out of it in good shape.