Can I Sue a New Jersey Drunk Driver For Injuries Sustained in a Crash?

Drunk driving, as you know, is an extremely dangerous act that recklessly violates the law. If you are someone who was injured at the hands of a drunk driver, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you may have the following questions about your legal options and the process going forward:

How do I sue a drunk driver for my injuries?

The main qualification for winning compensation in any personal injury claim is proving negligence. If you can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will most likely recover the financial compensation you need to help with the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and any other damages you have incurred.

How do I prove negligence in a personal injury claim?

To prove your personal injury claim, your attorney will try and obtain security or dashcam footage of the accident, as this is generally the most efficient way of doing so. However, a skilled attorney will also use witness testimony confirming your claim, medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries, police reports, and more. You need an attorney who has years of experience representing those injured by drunk drivers. Our firm is here to help.

What is the dram shop law in New Jersey?

Most states have dram shop laws in place, meaning in certain cases, you can hold a third-party accountable for your accident as well. For example, in New Jersey, the dram shop law state that any establishment or vendor that sells or serves alcohol to anyone who is either “visibly intoxicated” or under the age of 21, there is a very good chance they may be held at least partially liable for an accident, as they should have known not to serve the person who caused the accident.

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is two years, meaning you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a drunk driver. This is why you cannot wait. The sooner you act, the better. Those who wait too long will be barred from suing.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.