Labor Day Weekend is often full of celebrations in order to say goodbye to the summer season. For many, these activities may involve drinking. It is because of this that it is a good time to remember the importance of safe driving. All drivers are required to abide by the laws of the road, which include not drinking and driving. Individuals who break the law and do so anyway can cause severe accidents as a result. It is because of this that they can be held liable for any suffering they cause. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What Should I do After a Drunk Driving Accident?
After being injured in a drunk driving accident, it is important to implement steps that can help to secure a future claim for compensation. The first step in doing so is to call the necessary emergency services. This can include an ambulance and the police. On the scene, the police can draft an official report that outlines the details of the accident. While this is true, it is important for you to gather your own evidence, such as pictures, video, witnesses information, etc. While medical professionals can conduct examinations on the scene, still see a doctor for an official diagnosis, as it can also be used as evidence for a claim.
What is a Dram Shop Law?
Under certain circumstances, the state of New Jersey holds establishments and vendors liable for drunk driving accidents. This is done under “dram shop law.” The law requires establishments to not serve or sell alcohol to any individual who is visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21. If they fail to abide by the law and that person goes on to cause an accident, the establishment can be held liable in a third-party lawsuit.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
Oftentimes, after being injured in a drunk driving accident, injured parties want to pursue legal action to recover compensation. It is important to know that you should not wait too long to do so if you wish to. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place, putting a deadline on how long you have to do so. If you fail to meet this deadline, you can lose your opportunity to pursue legal action entirely. In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an automobile accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!