If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you likely want to take legal action. After all, an accident can lead to life-altering injuries and burdens. For example, you may struggle with expensive hospital bills, medical care, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more. When this occurs, it is important that the negligent party is held responsible. However, when it comes to drunk driving accidents, there may be numerous responsible parties. Read on to learn more.
Does Maryland have dram shop laws?
Many states have dram shop laws in place. These laws allow individuals harmed by drunk drivers to file third-party lawsuits against the establishment that negligently served the driver alcohol. Unfortunately, Maryland does not have a dram shop law. As a result, it is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Does Maryland have social host laws?
While Maryland doesn’t have dram shop laws, the state does provide limited social host liability. This means a social host can be held liable for the damages if he or she knowingly served alcohol to an underage guest.
What do I do if I am injured by a drunk driver?
In order to recover compensation, you will have to provide proof that your accident was a direct result of another party’s negligence. To do so, be sure to:
- Call 911
- The police can send an ambulance, administer a breathalyzer test to the drunk driver, file an accident report, and more.
- Seek medical attention
- It is important to seek medical attention after an accident, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Additionally, this can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Document the scene
- If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Document your injuries as well as the damage done to any vehicles and/or property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts
- If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to provide important witness testimony. Ask for their contact information.
- Reach out to an attorney
- An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain additional evidence you could not otherwise access.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case. We will advocate for you.
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