Drunk drivers are among the most irresponsible motorists in the country. Despite the fact that everybody knows drinking and driving is extremely dangerous, thousands of people are killed every single year in drunk driving accidents. This is completely unacceptable. If you are someone who was injured at the hands of a drunk driver, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you may have incurred. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
How do I sue a drunk driver for a crash?
To win any personal injury claim, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. This simply means that you will have to prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is why you must speak with an experienced attorney you can trust as soon as you can.
How do I satisfy the burden of proof?
Your attorney will uncover and present various types of evidence to prove your personal injury claim. For example, your attorney will use photographic or surveillance video of the accident, pictures of the accident’s aftermath, medical records, police reports of the incident, breathalyzer records, witness statements, and more. Do not wait.
Does New York State have a dram shop law?
New York has dram shop laws in place to allow victims of drunk driving accidents to hold certain establishments liable for selling alcohol to certain people. For example, in New York, businesses and individuals are not allowed to sell alcohol to either habitual drunkards, minors under the age of 21, and those who are “visibly intoxicated.” If one of these people is served alcohol and causes a car accident, the injured third-party may file a lawsuit against the establishment serving the alcohol.
What is the statute of limitations in New York State?
The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. In New York, the statute of limitations is two years. Do not wait. If you fail to file your claim against a negligent driver in that period of time, you will lose your right to sue. Our firm is here to help.
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