Everyone knows that it is unsafe and illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, however, many people still do so–often at the expense of others. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident because of a drunk driver, you should contact an experienced Prince George’s County drunk driving accident lawyer right here at McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P. today.
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Drunk driving accident victims should never have to fight the uphill battle of receiving the compensation they deserve on their own. For years, our legal team has fought on behalf of drunk driving accident victims, and we are prepared to fight for you as well. Speaking with a knowledgeable Prince George’s County auto accident lawyer may be the smartest thing you can do.
Does Maryland Have a Dram Shop Law?
Many states in the U.S. have dram shop laws in place. Essentially, a dram shop law allows someone who was injured by a drunk driver to sue both the driver and the establishment that served alcohol to the driver prior to the accident, under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, in the state of Maryland, there is no dram shop law. This means that if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, he or she is the only party you can sue for compensation.
Recovering Compensation for a Drunk Driving Accident Injury
After being involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you should try and take the following steps:
- Call the police. They will send an ambulance and, if they suspect the driver is intoxicated, will most likely require the driver to take a breathalyzer test. If the test confirms that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, we can use the test results to help prove your personal injury claim.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Once you are treated at a hospital, ensure you keep a copy of all medical documentation relating to your injuries.
- Hire a knowledgeable Prince George’s County drunk driving accident lawyer who can work to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, typically, three years. Waiting longer than three years from the date of your accident will most likely permanently bar you from suing for your injuries. Our firm is prepared to assist you today.
Contact a Prince George’s County Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents can leave victims and their families reeling. Our firm is on your side, and we are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. Contact McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P. today to schedule your initial consultation with our legal team.