This Labor Day, many people will celebrate by drinking alcoholic beverages. Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing so, as long as they do not get behind the wheel afterward. Unfortunately, many people do make this poor decision, which is why if you are someone who has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you must continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to learn more about drunk driving accidents and how we can help you after being injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do if I am hit by a drunk driver?
If you are hit by a drunk driver, the most important thing you can do is call the police. The police will arrive at the scene of the accident and file a police report. They will also document the driver’s BAC, which will most likely be one of the determining factors when it comes to filing a personal injury claim against him/her. Additionally, you should ask anyone who saw the accident for their contact information, you should take pictures of any damage to your car/the other motorist’s car, and you should seek immediate medical assistance. Finally, you must retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney who can obtain all other evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim.
What is New Jersey’s dram shop law?
In New Jersey, if you can prove that an establishment, such as a bar or restaurant, served someone alcohol who was either under the age of 21 or was visibly intoxicated and that person got in his/her car and caused your accident, you should be able to hold that bar accountable in a third-party lawsuit.
How long will I have to sue a drunk driver for an injury in New Jersey?
If you are hurt in a drunk driving accident in New Jersey, you will have to sue the party responsible within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is, generally, two years, which means that you will most likely have two years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. Do not wait longer than two years, as this frequently results in getting barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help you today. All you have to do is ask.
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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.