When people celebrate holidays such as Labor Day weekend, activities often involve drinking. While this can be a fun way to celebrate with loved ones, it is important to be sure you are abiding the law. This includes driving sober, and not under the influence of alcohol. Drinking and driving can cause life-threatening accidents, which is why injured parties can pursue legal action if they are involved in one. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What Should I do After a Drunk Driving Accident?
When a drunk driving accident happens, it is important to take certain steps that can help a future claim. The first step is to call the necessary emergency services. This includes medical services and the police. While the police can draft an official report that details the accident, it is still important for the individual to gather their own evidence. This can include pictures, video, witnesses information, etc. Medical professionals can conduct examinations on the scene but victims should still see a doctor for an official diagnosis, as it can be used as additional evidence for a claim.
What is a Dram Shop Law?
Some states have dram shop laws that require establishments and vendors to not serve or sell alcohol to anyone who is visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21, otherwise they can be held liable for drunk driving accidents that happen as a result. However, the state of Maryland does not have dram shop laws. This means injured parties cannot sue establishments that serve drunk drivers. While this is true, the state does have social host liability laws. This states that an adult who provides alcohol to a minor in a private social situation can face penalties for doing so. It is important to note that this does not mean they can be sued for injuries or damages caused by the intoxicated underage person.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
After a drunk driving accident, injured parties can pursue legal action against the negligent party who caused their injuries. This can be done with evidence gathered from the scene in order to prove negligence. It is important to know that those who wish to do so should not wait too long. This is because there is a deadline known as the statute of limitations. If the injured party fails to meet this deadline, they can lose their chance to pursue legal action and recover compensation. In the state of Maryland, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the injury.?
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