Despite driving while under the influence of alcohol being illegal and unsafe, many people still do so. Often, these people cause very serious auto accidents that can significantly impact those injured for years down the road. If you were hurt by a drunk driver, you’re most likely looking to pursue financial compensation to help you cope with the damages you’ve incurred. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Prince George’s County auto accident lawyer to learn more about these cases and how our firm can help you.
Do I have a valid claim if I was hurt by a drunk driver?
If you were injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you likely have a valid personal injury claim, however, it’s paramount that you take certain steps to document the incident to help maximize your chances of winning a personal injury claim in the future. Just some of those critical steps are as follows:
- Call the police. The police will document the incident and most likely breathalyze the driver. If they determine the driver is intoxicated, we can use this as evidence in a future personal injury claim.
- Take pictures of any damage caused by the accident and ask witnesses for their contact information.
- Keep copies of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Retain the services of a competent attorney who can work to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.
What is a dram shop law?
A dram shop law essentially gives those hurt by drunk drivers the right to sue both the driver and the establishment that served the driver under certain circumstances, such as if the establishment knew the driver was under the age of 21 or could tell the driver was already under the influence of alcohol. Though most states have dram shop laws in place, Maryland is one of the few states that do not. This means that if you were hurt by a drunk driver, your sole route of legal recourse would be suing the driver. For this reason, the attorney you choose to represent you is paramount. Our Prince George’s County drunk driving accident lawyer is prepared to fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. Just give us a call today so we can get started working on your case.
Don’t Wait–There is a Time Limit
In Maryland, those harmed by drunk drivers are required to file their personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is three years, you will only have three years from the date your accident happened to sue the party responsible for your injuries. The longer you wait, the harder it may become to prove your claim. Our legal team is here to help you today.
Contact Our Firm
If you suffered an injury or loss because of another person’s negligence, contact McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P. today.