What if a Drunk Driver Flees the Scene?
An intoxicated driver who doesn’t wish to get arrested after causing an accident may attempt to flee. If this happens, make a note or audio recording on your phone of any identifying details of the fleeing driver and their vehicle, such as make/model, license plate number, the direction in which they were heading, etc.
Alert the police too. A drunk driver fleeing the scene of an accident may be likely to cause another collision. If you let the police know where the driver is headed, they may be able to intercept them before they cause additional harm.
Can I Sue a Drunk Driver Who Caused an Accident in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts is one of a few states in the U.S. that uses the no-fault system for car insurance. In Massachusetts, when you’re harmed in a car accident, you can seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and related losses associated with the accident by filing a claim with your own insurance. While the accident may technically be someone else’s fault, your insurance is nevertheless responsible for compensating you accordingly.
However, there are exceptions. If your injuries are particularly severe and your insurance can’t provide all the compensation you deserve, you may have the option of filing a separate third-party claim or lawsuit against another party if you can show your accident resulted from their actions or negligence.
Strongly consider hiring an attorney to assist you with your case regardless of whether you believe filing a third-party claim is an option. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., a Boston car accident attorney will review your case at no charge to you and will offer dedicated representation if you decide to hire us. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at (617) 742-1900 to schedule a free consultation.