When it comes to Memorial Day, many people host barbecues or grab drinks at a bar. Everyone has a different way of both celebrating and honoring the lives that were lost while fighting for the country. Unfortunately, some people will decide to drink and drive over Memorial Day Weekend. Driving while intoxicated can cause serious car accidents. If you are injured by a drunk driver this MDW, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about DWI accidents in New Jersey.
What do I do if I am involved in a Car Accident?
If you are involved in an accident due to a drunk driver, it is important that you take the following steps:
- Call 911: You should call the police immediately. They will send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, keep the scene safe, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Document the scene: If you are able, you should take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document your injuries and any damage done to all vehicles/property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and number. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention: it is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident occurs. It is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, going to the hospital will allow you to obtain proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney: An attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
- File your claim on time: If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may wish to take legal action. In order to do so, you will have to file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal.
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