What to do if a drunk driver is behind you?

What to do if a drunk driver is behind you?

It’s late at night. You’re driving home after some hard overtime hours on the job. A car pulls out behind you after you pass by a local bar. You notice their headlights moving erratically in your rearview mirror. You think to yourself, this guy has definitely had too much to drink. It’s a situation that’s all too common, especially if you’re often on the road on weekend nights. Los Angeles car accident attorneys from Ellis Law have seen it all on the road. Here’s some sage advice. 

The first thing to do is to assess the situation. If the driver poses an immediate threat of rear-ending you, you should pull over to the side of the road and give them as much room as possible to pass. Do not try to speed up to get away from them. They likely will match your speed, thus making the whole situation more dangerous. If they are far enough behind you that you’re not in imminent danger, you should look for a parking lot to pull into. This is much safer, since they are unlikely to clip you as they pass. Try to get a description of the car as they pass by, and then alert the police. 

If you’re injured in an accident, call a lawyer right away 

Hopefully you’ve gotten through this nerve wracking experience unharmed. In the unfortunate event that you’ve been rear-ended, clipped, or side-swiped by another motorist, intoxicated or not, you should contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer with Ellis Law right away. We’re standing by, 24/7, to hear your side of the story and help you build a strong case. Consultations are always 100% free and confidential, and there is no risk whatsoever to sitting down with one of our experienced legal pros. Even a small fender-bender can require extensive auto repairs, and cause lingering medical issues that lead to massive bills. You may be able to file a lawsuit and seek compensation. 

No upfront legal fees 

Many people are intimidated by the thought of hiring an attorney. At Ellis Law, we strive to make it as easy and comfortable as possible. As mentioned before, consultations with our partners are always free. If you’re too hurt to travel, we can make an arrangement to meet you in your home or care facility. Should we decide to take your case, we’ll get to work right away with no upfront legal fees. We get paid by contingency fee, which means we don’t see a dime unless you win a verdict from a jury, or agree to a fair settlement with the liable party and/or their insurance company. A lack of funds shouldn’t keep you from pursuing the justice you deserve. Fight for your rights with talented and creative legal professionals in your corner. 

We’ve won over $350 million in damages for our clients 

Founded over 20 years ago by U.S. Army vet and Loyola Law grad Andrew Ellis, Ellis Law has a proven track record of getting results. We’ve secured over $350 million in compensation for accident victims in the greater Los Angeles area. It’s a number that we’re exceptionally proud of, and it’s a number that continues to grow. We know how devastating an automobile accident can be; physically, psychologically, and financially. Paying your bills, getting back on your feet, and getting back to work can be incredibly challenging. When your health, happiness, livelihood and future are on the line, choose an experienced, determined firm. A personal injury lawyer from Ellis Law can help you seek damages to cover your hospital visit and ongoing medical care, missed paychecks, as well as money for rent and other living expenses while you recuperate. We treat every client, large and small, like a valued VIP.

Don’t let someone else’s negligence derail your life 

Auto accidents are very common in Southern California, but of course, other types of accidents happen too. From everyday slip and fall accidents caused by unmarked wet floors or poor lighting, to injuries caused by defective products, unsafe workplaces, or unprofessional behavior, Ellis Law is here for you. If you think you’ve been the victim of someone else’s negligence, schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney today.