It had just started to snow late on a Sunday evening. Don was leaving the bar but had only had a couple of drinks so thought he would be okay to drive. The temperature dropped quickly though, and within a few minutes he found himself spinning out on the freeway and ultimately, crashed into the cement divider between the north and south bound routes on the road. He was fortunate enough to avoid hitting the car next to him, but not fortunate enough to walk away without a scratch. He broke his arm in the process, and while he was not sure until a mechanic could take a look at it, he had likely also totaled his car completely.
Adding insult to injury was the cop who showed up and demanded that he take a breathalyzer test after he answered honestly that he had had a couple of beers earlier in the evening. Don refused, knowing that he was not drunk, and as the paramedics loaded him into an ambulance, he thought about calling a DUI lawyer on his way to the hospital. He knew the hospital was going to run a toxicology report as they would with any other accident, but he did not deserve to get in trouble and was not sure how to proceed. He had a friend who had gotten a DUI last year, but had gotten a good DUI lawyer who had been able to lower the fine and allow him off on probation because it was his first offense. Don knew he was not drunk and would not be in the same kind of trouble as his friend, but wanted to be as careful as possible.
When he got to the hospital the doctors did what Don knew they had to do, and drew blood for a toxicology exam, and to help them treat him properly. Luckily it was his left arm that was broken and he was right handed, but he knew he would be uncomfortable for a while. When he had a free moment he called his friend to get the name of the lawyer, and called them up to leave a message. He ended up staying overnight in the hospital, and Monday morning first thing the firm sent over an accident lawyer to help him sort through not just the couple of beers he had, but also whether he was really at fault or how much the weather played a role.
Ultimately, Don had totaled his car and while he received a ticket for being at fault in a single car accident, his toxicology report came back well within the legal limits and he was not facing more serious charges. His insurance rates would go up, but he would be able to replace his car pretty easily and vowed to be more careful in the snow. He also realized how easily he could have gotten in trouble with just one or two more beers, and knew going forward he would need to be more careful when he had to drive somewhere.