Can I Sue if I Was Injured By a Drunk Driver in New York City?

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Can I Sue if I Was Injured By a Drunk Driver in New York City?

There is nothing worse than sustaining a serious injury in a car accident. The unfortunate reality is that in most cases, car accidents are entirely preventable. This Fourth of July Weekend, many people made the mistake of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are someone who was harmed by a drunk driver, you’re likely looking to sue for the financial compensation you require to get your life back on track. Please continue reading and reach out to our Bronx car accident lawyer to learn more about how we can help if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I was injured by a drunk driver in New York City?

If you were injured by a drunk driver, the very first thing you should do is call the police to the scene of the accident. They will send an ambulance to treat your injuries and will likely breathalyze the individual if they believe he or she is under the influence of alcohol. If they determine the driver is drunk, you can use this to your advantage in a future personal injury claim. You should also take pictures of the accident, get witness contact information, and ensure you see a doctor or go to the hospital at once. A physician will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation regarding your injuries and their severity. You should also make it a point to retain the services of a competent attorney as soon as you can, for the statute of limitations for car accident claims in New York is, typically, three years.

Does New York State have a dram shop law?

Fortunately, NYS does have a dram shop law in place. This dram shop law basically states that those injured due to drunk drivers who were served by establishments that either knew the person was under the age of 21 or saw the person was visibly intoxicated can sue both the driver and the establishment that served the driver for financial compensation. If you have any additional questions or want to get started working on your case, give us a call today.

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Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.

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