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Steps to Take to Pursue Compensation after a Drunk Driving Accident

June 30, 2017

shutterstock_301329230.jpgNo matter how careful you are on the road, you cannot control other drivers. You may face people who drive too fast, text and drive, or--even with all we know today--drive while intoxicated. Just last year, an average of 28 people were killed every day in drunk driving accidents, with many more injured. If a drunk driver causes you serious injuries, you have the right to recover damages. Your attorney will help you take the steps you need to get the compensation you deserve.

Facts from the Accident

Your starting place for recovery after a drunk driving accident is the police report. Here you will get an official record of what happened in the accident and the condition of the other driver. If he or she has a breathalyzer or field sobriety test, that information will be there. This indicates clearly that the other driver was acting recklessly.  You should also gather your own notes about what happened, and information about your medical diagnosis and the damage to your vehicle. All of this will play into establishing liability and damages against the driver.

Dram Shop Liability

In New Jersey, like in many states, a person or establishment that serves alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person is liable when that person goes on to cause a drunk driving accident. This liability comes through New Jersey's dram shop law. For this kind of accident, the key facts do not begin when the other driver gets behind the wheel. You will want to find out where the person was before he or she hit the road, and find out whether someone else contributed to the intoxication that caused the accident. Besides the driver, you can collect from others who created the situation in which your injury occurred.

Have you been injured in a drunk driving accident? You don't have to settle for watching the criminal justice work. Contact Stern and Stern today, and we will help you get the compensation you deserve.