Even if you’re a conscientious driver, you still face the risk of getting in a car accident, because many drivers choose to drink before they get behind the wheel. If you’ve sustained injuries in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, please read on and contact our experienced New Jersey drunk driving accident lawyers to learn more about how you can sue a drunk driver in New Jersey.
CAN I SUE A DRUNK DRIVER FOR AN ACCIDENT IN NEW JERSEY?
Yes, you can. Since you’ve been stricken for the rest of your life as a result of another’s negligence, it is only fair that you receive the financial compensation you need to ease the burden. More than fair, it is appropriate, especially when insurance is not enough to pay for your property damage, medical bills, bills for rehabilitation or therapy, lost wages, the value of household services and childcare you otherwise would have performed, and pain and suffering. Be forewarned, while it may appear that pursuing a legal case against a drunk driver is relatively straightforward and easy, it is an uphill battle.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PROVE MY CASE?
Our competent New Jersey auto accident lawyers will uncover and present various forms of evidence to hold the negligent party or parties accountable for their actions. Said evidence will include the following:
- Photographs and videos of material related to the accident
- Medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries
- Witness statements
- Police reports
All the evidence must show that the victim sustained injuries as a result of another party’s negligence.
HOW DO I HOLD ALL NEGLIGENT PARTIES RESPONSIBLE?
New Jersey is one of the many states that recognize dram shop laws. Under the law, a “dram shop” can be defined as premises where alcohol is provided, including pubs, bars, taverns, clubs, social clubs, social gatherings and other venues. Dram shop laws allow any person who has been injured by an intoxicated individual to seek damages from a vendor who served the alcohol if the intoxicated individual was “visibly intoxicated” when served, the vendor knew or reasonably should have known the person being served was under age 21 or the circumstances created an “unreasonable risk” of harm to life or property. Additionally, you can seek punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are intended to punish particularly egregious cases of wrongdoing, including gross negligence, recklessness or intentional bad behavior. Like other personal injury claims, a New Jersey dram shop claim must be filed within two years of the date of the injury.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, whether on the job, on the road, due to a medical professional’s negligence, or otherwise, our firm is here. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our firm today so we can get started.