Memorial Day is an important U.S. holiday. Many people spend the long weekend celebrating and honoring those who fought for our country. A popular way to spend the holiday is going to a bar with friends or hosting a barbecue. But, when drinking is involved, things can become dangerous. Unfortunately, some people will make the decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol. Driving under the influence can cause life-altering and even deadly accidents. Read on to learn more about drunk driving accidents in Maryland.
What do I do if I am Involved in an Accident?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. A car accident can take a toll physically, emotionally, and financially, and you likely deserve compensation for these burdens. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that your accident was caused by another party’s negligence. In order to obtain proof, you should call 911. The police will administer field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test to help determine the driver’s intoxicty. This can play a large role in your personal injury case. Additionally, you should take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and number- they may be able to corroborate your version of events. It is also important to seek medical attention right away. Going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are properly treated, but it will also provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can also play a large role in your case.
Maryland Dram Shop Laws
If you are someone who was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you most likely qualify for compensation. Many states have dram shop laws in place, which allow individuals harmed by drunk drivers to also file third-party lawsuits against establishments that negligently served the driver alcohol. Unfortunately, Maryland does not have a dram shop law in place, so you must hire an attorney who can win you sufficient compensation from the start.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact our firm today. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED MARYLAND FIRM
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.