Who do you love more than your dog? Probably your immediate family, and that’s it. Who else shows they’re happy when they see you, or waits at the front door for you to get home? Unlike a spouse, you only have 12 to 15 years of this love and devotion.
If left alone, your dog will not have food or water and possibly be chained up. Your dog needs you!…so DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE OR TEXT AND GET IN AN ACCIDENT! CALL A TAXI OR UBER………they are A LOT CHEAPER THAN CALLING ME.
Today’s column is about being arrested for a DUI, or being a victim in an Auto Accident and taken to the hospital or jail. Both will cause you money and heartache…….not to mention embarrassment. You want the lights following you home to be street lights and not Red and Blue flashing lights.
If you are a regular reader of my weekly legal columns for the last 10 years, you know that my office focuses on representing clients for Accidents, DUI’s and suing Drunk Driving Drivers who injure our clients. We protect consumer rights! We deliver results, not false promises…and get top dollar on our accident cases. When the case is successfully concluded, our clients tell us we were courteous, professional and caring and that we “DID TURN WRONGS INTO RIGHTS”.
If this happens to you, REMEMBER SILENCE IS GOLDEN, so keep your mouth shut! Remember the 3 S’s……SILENCE, SILENCE, SILENCE. DO NOT TALK, SIGN, SETTLE OR DEAL with ANYONE FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY OR LAW ENFORCEMENT, WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YOUR LAWYER.
EXPLAIN YOU WOULD BE HAPPY TO TALK TO THEM. However, YOUR LAWYER ASKED YOU TO NOT DISCUSS ANYTHING WITH ANYONE, WITHOUT YOUR LAWYER’S PERMISSION. Get their name and number and then call me and I will call to explain it is not the policy of our office to allow a client to talk. Thus, you remain the good guy and the lawyer is the bad guy.
Many lawyers do not understand that it is not just what you say, but rather what the adjuster, investigator, officer THOUGHT they heard you say. If I tell them something and I am wrong, I can say I must have misunderstood my client and I will check and get back to you. If you say the same thing, you are locked into that testimony.
Only retain a lawyer who has also been in an accident. That lawyer understands: your not being able to lift/bend; trouble sleeping; fear of driving; temperamental; confused; what to do first; how to find a doctor and then which doctor. After all, you want a doctor who is competent in providing medical care. An important component is having a doc who knows How To Write A Med/Legal Report. For a decade I lectured to the International College of Surgeons on this subject.
The insurance company is motivated by “Perception of Risk”. Thus you would prefer a doc saying there is a 50% chance you will not recover, rather than there is a 50% you will recover. Keep them scared of your hitting it “big”.
If you are like me, you may have had trouble sleeping and reliving the accident. After the accident, whenever I drove, I would constantly look in the rear and side view mirror to be sure the cars behind me were stopping. When I heard brakes screeching I would tighten my neck and shoulder muscles, preparing to be hit.
For more detailed information, please check prior columns on what to do when you are a victim of an auto accident or arrested for a DUI. When choosing an attorney, you have to decide…Do you want your lawyer to be good, fast or cheap? Pick 2!
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