What Should I Do If I’m Injured By a Drunk Driver in NYC?

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What Should I Do If I’m Injured By a Drunk Driver in NYC?

Everybody knows that drunk driving is both unsafe and illegal. Unfortunately, this does not stop everyone from doing so. If you are someone who was injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, you must read on and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury lawyer to learn more about how we can help you recover the financial compensation you need. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:

How do I sue a drunk driver?

To sue a drunk driver for your injuries, you will have to retain an experienced attorney who can prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Though this may seem straightforward, especially when drunk driving is involved, this is not always the case. You will need an attorney who can obtain various types of evidence, including breathalyzer records, footage of the accident, medical documents, police reports of the incident, and more.

What are dram shop laws?

New York has dram shop laws in place to ensure that all vendors and establishments serving alcohol do so responsibly. The New York dram shop law states that bars and other alcohol vendors must refuse to serve individuals under the age of 21, as well as all those who are visibly intoxicated. Therefore, let’s say one of these establishments serves alcohol to a minor, that minor then gets in his or her car, crashes, and injures somebody. When this happens, there is a very good chance that the injured party may hold both the drunk driver and the establishment that wrongfully served him/her alcohol accountable for their actions in a lawsuit.

What is the statute of limitations for drunk driver injury claims in New York?

Every state has a statute of limitations in place to dictate how long individuals will have to file lawsuits against those who injured them. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, which means you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue the negligent party. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely be denied your right to financial compensation. Do not let this happen. Our firm is here to fight for your rights.

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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 866-886-0892 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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