The unfortunate truth is that holidays bring a heightened risk of drunk driving accidents to the roads of Maryland. With Memorial Day approaching, it is important to consider the increased safety risk you face when getting behind the wheel this week. Continue reading to understand what to do if you have been involved in a car accident. If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident, it is best to have a plan of action. The most important factor to consider is reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your right to compensation. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your options. We are prepared to fight for you.
What should I do if I am injured in drunk driving accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, we have conducted a plan of action to take immediately following the incident. Follow each of the below steps to protect yourself and set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim if you chose to take legal action in the future:
- Call the authorities. The police will be able to conduct a thorough police report regarding the accident. They will also bring any necessary medical personnel to the scene.
- Seek medical attention for your injuries immediately. Once your treatment is complete, collect all the medical documentation relating to the event.
- Take pictures of the damage done to any vehicles or property.
- Have a short conversation with the negligent party to collect their insurance information.
- Collect any witnesses’ contact information.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Your attorney should be able to collect all additional evidence necessary to satisfy the burden of proof needed in your future personal injury claim.
What are dram shop laws for drunk driving accidents?
Maryland has dram shop laws to prevent bars, restaurants, and vendors from serving alcohol to a person who is already visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21. It is the establishment’s responsibility to refuse service in these situations. Dram shop laws are used to hold establishments liable for failing to refuse service. If an individual goes on to cause an accident after an establishment should have refused service, the establishment can be held liable in a third-party lawsuit.
What is the statute of limitations for drunk driving accidents in Maryland?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years in Maryland. It is important to understand that you must take legal action within three years from the date of your accident to avoid being barred from suing. Reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer today to get started.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.