Memorial Day Weekend is a time to honor and celebrate the lives of those who have bravely fought for our country. Many people choose to celebrate with drinks. Unfortunately, some of these individuals will make the decision to get behind the wheel of a car and drive drunk. Drunk drivers can cause serious, life-altering accidents. Read on to learn more about drunk driving accidents in New Jersey.
Can I Recover Compensation for a Drunk Driving Accident in New Jersey?
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you are likely entitled to recover compensation for things like lost wages, medical bills, and more. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that your injury was caused by another party’s negligence. This can be done by calling 911 to the scene so the police can conduct field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test on the intoxicated driver. Additionally, if anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their contact information, as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. It is also important to document the scene. This can involve taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to seek medical attention immediately after the accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while also providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
New Jersey’s Dram Shop Laws
New Jersey is one of the many states that recognize dram shop laws. Fortunately, dram shop laws allow those injured in drunk driving accidents to sue third-party establishments or vendors and hold them accountable for their contribution to the accident. The dram shop law in New Jersey states that vendors are prohibited from selling alcohol to individuals either under the age of 21 or those who are “visibly intoxicated.” Visible intoxication can include things like slurred speech, glassy or bloodshot eyes, difficulty finishing sentences, incoherent speech, stumbling, falling, impaired fine motor skills, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver in New Jersey, reach out to our firm to discuss your case. We will fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED NEW JERSEY FIRM
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.