Everyone knows it is unsafe and illegal to drive while under the influence, though unfortunately, many people still do it. Please read on and reach out to our Brooklyn car accident lawyer to learn more about drunk driving accidents in New York and how our firm can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do if I was injured in an accident with a drunk driver?
If you are in an accident with a drunk driver, it is critical that you call the police to the scene of the accident immediately. Doing so accomplishes three things:
- A police officer will write up an accident report, detailing the facts of the accident
- A police officer will work to deescalate any tension or otherwise subdue the intoxicated individual if he or she poses a threat to your safety
- A police officer will also most likely require the individual to take a breathalyzer test to determine whether he or she was truly under the influence of alcohol. If it is determined that the driver was intoxicated, we can use this to prove your personal injury claim.
After calling the police, you should also ensure that you take pictures of the scene of the accident, ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information so they may verify your claim at a later date, seek immediate medical treatment, and ensure that you hire a knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury lawyer who can work to uncover all other evidence needed to win you the compensation you deserve.
What is New York’s dram shop law?
Many states have dram shop laws in place that allow those who’ve been injured by drunk drivers to sue both the drunk driver and the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol under certain circumstances. For example, if you can prove that the establishment sold an individual alcohol who was either under the age of 21 or was visibly intoxicated at the time, and that person then got into his or her vehicle, caused your accident, and injured you as a result, you may have a claim against both the driver and the establishment that served the driver. If you have any additional questions or you are looking to file your personal injury claim, please do not hesitate to give us a call today.
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