There are few things more dangerous than getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Still, people across the United States do it every day. If you are someone who has been injured by a drunk driver, you are most likely now looking to hold that driver accountable. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you through the claims process ahead.
What should I do if I am injured by a drunk driver in New York?
If you are injured in an accident with a drunk driver in New York State, you should call the police, jot down the driver’s license plate number, and ask the driver for his or her insurance information. If the conversation turns hostile or tense, simply go back and wait in your car until the police arrive. Take pictures of any damage to your car or the other motorist’s car, and ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their contact information. Once you are treated at a hospital, retain the services of an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who will fight, tooth-and-nail, for the compensation you deserve and need.
Are there dram shop laws in New York State?
Many states across the country observe dram shop laws. Essentially, a dram shop law allows victims of drunk driving accidents to hold various establishments liable for selling alcohol to certain people. New York’s dram shop law states that all vendors of alcohol may not serve individuals who are either habitual drunkards, under the age of 21, or are visibly intoxicated. If you can prove that an establishment served alcohol to someone who meets any of those three qualifications and that person got behind the wheel of their car and crashed into you, you should be able to also hold the establishment accountable.
How long can I wait to pursue legal action for an injury in NYS?
In New York State, the statute of limitations is, generally, three years, giving the wrongly injured, generally, three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the party responsible. That being said, the sooner you file, the better off you will be. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process on your behalf today.
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