Memorial Day is an important holiday. We spend the weekend celebrating and honoring those who fought for our country. A popular way to celebrate is at a bar with friends and family. While this is perfectly acceptable, some people will make the devastating decision to drink and drive afterward. Read on to learn more about drunk driving accidents in New Jersey.
New Jersey’s Dram Shop Laws
Dram shop laws were created to protect those injured by drunk drivers. Essentially, these laws allow the victim of a drunk driving accident to take legal action against a bar or establishment for overserving the driver who caused the accident. You may be able to take legal action if you can prove that the bar continued to serve an individual who was visibly intoxicated. Signs of visible intoxication include slurred speech, glassy eyes, stumbling, and more. A bar can also be held responsible if they serve an individual under the age of 21 and this individual is involved in an accident as a result.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
In order to recover compensation for your injuries, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. This can be done by:
- Calling 911- The police can conduct field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test to determine the driver’s level of intoxication, which can play a large role in your case.
- Document the scene- If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document any damage done to all cars and/or property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts- If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events or provide an important outside perspective.
- Seek medical attention- You should go to the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Contact an attorney right away- An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to gather further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and other evidence you may not otherwise be able to access.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you will likely be entitled to recover compensation. Our firm will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated attorney.
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Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.