What to do if You Were Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident

What to do if You Were Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident

Drunk drivers kill thousands of people every single year. If you or a loved one was seriously injured by a drunk driver, you are most likely now pursuing financial compensation to help you recover from your injuries. If you find yourself in this unlucky situation, you may have some of the following questions regarding the legal process going forward:

How do I know if I will qualify for compensation after a drunk driver hit’s me?

You must always satisfy the burden of proof before you can recover the compensation you need. It is not always easy to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, so you must hire a skilled attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury & drunk driving accident claims as soon as you can.

How can an attorney help me win my claim?

An experienced drunk driving accident attorney knows how to both collect and present evidence and information that confirms your claim. While photographic and video evidence is generally best for proving these claims, your attorney may also use medical documents regarding your injuries, police reports of the accident, and eyewitness statements to prove your personal injury claim. You should not try and “go it alone.” We can help you win the compensation you need to get back on your feet again.

What is a dram shop law?

Dram shop laws are in place in various states around the country to hold individuals and establishments accountable for serving alcohol to certain individuals. New York’s dram shop law states that businesses are prohibited from serving alcohol to those who are either “visibly intoxicated,” under the age of 21, or are known to be habitual drunkards. If you are someone who was injured and can prove an establishment either knew, or should have reasonably known that they were serving someone who should not have been served and you were injured in an accident as a result of their drunk driving, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the New York dram shop law.

What is the statute of limitations in New York State?

The statute of limitations in New York is three years. This, rather simply, means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to pursue a lawsuit against a negligent party. Those who wait too long and fail to file their claim within this timeframe will be barred from suing. Do not let this happen to you. Our firm is here to help.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and its surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence or drunk driving. Do not hesitate to contact our office for a consultation.

Read Our Latest Blog Posts