What to Know About Memorial Day Weekend Drunk Driving Accidents

Memorial Day is one of the first holidays of the year that many can spend together outdoors. It is common to enjoy a drink at the barbeque. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of drunk drivers on the roads of New Jersey. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, it is likely that you are seeking financial compensation to get back on your feet again. This compensation might cover in-home care, medical bills, and lost wages. Continue reading to discover what victims of drunk driving accidents should do for a successful personal injury claim. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to discuss your situation. We’re prepared to fight for your right to compensation.

What should I do if I am injured in a drunk driving accident?

The best way to protect yourself after being involved in a drunk driving accident is to have a plan. Follow each of the below steps to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim:

  1. Call 911. The authorities will document the accident with a police report. They will also send medical attention to the scene.
  2. Collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  3. Collect the negligent party’s insurance information.
  4. Take photos of the scene including damage to the vehicles or property.
  5. Take photos of your injuries.
  6. Collect all medical documentation concerning your injuries including the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  7. Reach out to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who will help you navigate the claims process.

How can I prove that I was injured due to a drunk driver’s negligence?

Your attorney will use photographic or video evidence, police reports, breathalyzer records, medical documents, witness statements, and more evidence to prove your personal injury claim.

What are dram shop laws for drunk driving accidents?

Dram shop laws in New Jersey are put into place to hold establishments and vendors liable for drunk driving accidents if they fail to refuse a patron service when they are already visibly intoxicated. This law also requires establishments to refuse service to anyone who is under the legal drinking age. If the individual who was overserved goes on to cause an accident, the establishment can be held liable in a third-party lawsuit.

What is the statute of limitations for drunk driving accidents in the state of New Jersey?

The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent party involved in your accident. If you fail to meet this deadline, you could risk being barred from suing. Do not hesitate to begin this process by reaching out to our experienced personal injury attorney today. We are prepared to fight for your right to compensation.

Contact our Firm

Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.

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