When operating a vehicle, drivers have an obligation to be responsible. This includes not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Doing so can cause significant injuries to not only the driver but any innocent bystanders, or passengers in the car. This can lead to emotional and financial damages as well. Often, victims of these situations wish to recover compensation to cover these damages. In doing so, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance.
Holding a Negligent Driver Liable
Drivers are required to operate a vehicle while they are of sound mind. If they drive while intoxicated, they can be held liable for negligence if they cause an accident. Actions that are considered driver negligence can include texting while driving, speeding, driving while drowsy, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and more. When pursuing legal action to hold a driver liable for negligence, it is important to be aware of how it is done.
Victims of a drunk driving accident should retain the services of an experienced attorney when filing a claim against the negligent party. Once this is done, the injured party must prove the driver’s behavior directly caused their injuries with proper evidence. Evidence can include video footage of the incident, photos, medical documentation of the injuries, police reports, witness statements, and more.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
After becoming injured in an accident, some people may wait before deciding to pursue legal action against a negligent party. However, it is important to not wait too long before doing so. This is because there is a statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim. A statute of limitations is a deadline that must be met in order to file a claim. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years from the date of the accident. If the individual fails to meet this deadline, they will be prohibited from holding the negligent party liable for the incident.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime. If you are facing criminal charges, let our firm explore all possible defenses and fight to protect your future. We also represent individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.