If you’ve been hit by another driver, then you must feel that they are responsible for all of the pain and suffering that you’re going through. It’s reasonable to want to hold them accountable, especially if they were acting unusual or were intoxicated at the scene.
Sometimes, at-fault drivers will try to argue that they were not to blame for an accident. This could make it harder for you to seek compensation, but you deserve the option to. How can you prove that they were impaired? The simple answer is that you should be honest about what you saw and provide evidence when you have it.
What kinds of evidence can help you when making a personal injury claim?
Since it’s important to show the other driver was impaired, you may want to include statements from others who spoke with them or information about interactions you had with them. For example, if they were slurring their words or you saw pill bottles scattered on the road, you need to make sure those details are written down, told to the police and given to your attorney.
If you took pictures or videos at the scene that show medications or pills on the ground, bottles of alcohol on the street or inside the vehicle or the other driver acting in an unusual way, then those photos and videos may help your case. Similarly, if you are able to locate images of the person on a bender the hour before the crash or have details about them having a history of drug abuse, those pieces of information could help as well.
When impairment is suspected, the other driver should be tested at the scene or hospital. Even if it was a medical emergency or side effect of a prescription medication that led to their actions, you should have the right to pursue a claim against them for any injuries that you suffered. It is a driver’s responsibility to be safe behind the wheel and to know when not to drive. If they drove despite being impaired or drowsy, then they should be held liable for your injuries and the crash they caused.