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Can You Sue for Fourth of July Drunk Driving Accidents in New Jersey?

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Few holidays afford Americans better opportunities for unwinding and letting loose quite like Independence Day. As one of the original thirteen colonies and the Crossroads of the Revolution, New Jerseyans take special pride in this occasion. Unfortunately, many overindulge in alcohol and other intoxicating substances and, even worse, get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. When they do so, they place others at grave risk, as you have found out. For more information on whether you can sue a motorist for a drunk driving accident on the Fourth of July, please read on, then contact one of our experienced New Jersey drunk driving accident lawyers today.

Can you hold a motorist accountable for drunk driving on the Fourth of July in New Jersey?

Regardless of the day or occasion, drunk driving remains an unsafe and illegal activity. Every year, drunk driving leads to roughly 10,000 fatalities in the United States. That does not include the injuries, which can be severe. So, yes, you may hold a drunk driver accountable for his or her actions in the Garden State.

When you sustain injuries from a drunk driver, you often require financial compensation to recover from your injuries. Should you prove your case, you may receive the following economic and non-economic damages:

  • The actual cost of your accident
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • The cost of rehabilitation
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

How do you prove liability for a Fourth of July drunk driving accident in New Jersey?

In order to receive the compensation you deserve and need to recover from your injuries, you will need to do the following:

  • Call 911: By alerting the authorities, the police can dispatch an ambulance to the scene, conduct a breathalyzer test and administer field sobriety tests. These tests will help define how intoxicated the driver was at the time the accident occurred.
  • Document the scene: Take photos and videos at the scene of the accident, documenting any damage done to all of the cars and property involved.
  • Seek medical attention: Seek medical treatment as soon as possible to treat your injuries. Afterward, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical records.
  • Contact one of our skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyersWith the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer, you may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including police reports, security camera footage and more.

Can you hold anyone else accountable for your accident?

New Jersey has what are known as dram shop laws, meaning you may also hold establishments accountable. To do so, you must:

  • Show that the establishment overserved an already intoxicated individual, or
  • Demonstrate that the establishment served alcohol to an individual under the age of 21

Do not wait to reach out to our firm. Our legal team will fight for you.

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