Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Serving All of Maryland
Few acts show more of a reckless disregard for others’ safety than getting behind the wheel of an automobile while intoxicated. Though everybody knows driving under the influence is both unsafe and illegal, many people do it anyway. In fact, thousands of people are injured in drunk driving accidents every single year, and if you are one of them, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Our firm has been helping victims of drunk driving for nearly 30 years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Please read on and contact our experienced Anne Arundel County drunk driving accident attorney today to schedule a consultation.
How Alcohol Affects Driving Abilities
Alcohol is a depressant that has significant effects on the body when consumed, even in relatively moderate amounts. Unfortunately, many people do not even realize how intoxicated they truly are, and genuinely believe they are okay to drive. To start, alcohol drastically slows your reflexes, which means that intoxicated drivers are far more likely to strike pedestrians or other motorists due to their inability to quickly respond to stimuli. Additionally, alcohol also affects your ability to make sound judgment calls. Rather obviously, driving relies almost entirely on constant decision-making, and when you are unable to sufficiently do so, the results can be disastrous. Finally, consuming alcohol drastically affects people’s vision and coordination. With all these aspects combined, one can see just how easy it can be for an intoxicated person to cause a serious motor vehicle accident.
Suing a Drunk Driver
Since so many drunk driving accidents result in brutal, gruesome injuries, it is no surprise victims of drunk drivers frequently seek compensation to help them recover. However, winning the compensation you need is not always easy. That is why if you have been injured in a Maryland drunk driving accident, after receiving medical treatment, you should make hiring an experienced attorney your number one priority.
To win a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Our firm can work to uncover various types of evidence, including pictures of the accident’s aftermath, breathalyzer records, witness testimony, security camera footage of the accident as it happened, police reports, and more.
Does Maryland Have Dram Shop Laws?
Many states have dram shop laws in place to protect victims of drunk drivers. Dram shop laws are a means for individuals to sue a negligent third-party after being injured in an accident by a drunk driver. For example, in some states, if a bar or other establishment serves a minor alcohol and that minor gets into his car and causes a serious accident, the injured party may sue the drunk driver, as well as the establishment that wrongly served him/her alcohol. Unfortunately, Maryland does not have a dram shop law in place, so individuals must rely solely on the compensation they receive by suing the negligent driver. That is why is it so important you retain the legal services of an attorney who has the experience and determination needed to win you the maximum recovery from the start.
Statute of Limitations
In Maryland, the wrongly injured have a certain amount of time to take legal action against a negligent party. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in Maryland is three years, which means generally, you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue a drunk driver for negligence. If you wait any longer than three years, you will generally lose your right to sue. Do not let this happen. The sooner you bring your case to our attention, the better. We are ready to begin the claims process immediately on your behalf.
Once your attorney proves that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will receive what is known as damages. Damages can either be economic or noneconomic. Economic damages deal with physical costs you’ve incurred as a result of your injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages, and more. Noneconomic damages, however, deal with losses that are not monetary. For example, a loss of consortium, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and more may all classify as noneconomic damages. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, it’s time you receive the compensation you deserve. The Ruben Law Firm is here to help you through every step of the process.
Contact an Anne Arundel County Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Here at the Ruben Law Firm, we understand how devastating the aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be, which is why we are here to provide you with the compassionate and skilled legal assistance you need to get back on your feet again. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Maryland drunk driving accident, you know where to turn. Contact the Ruben Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.