What You Should Know About Washington D.C.’s Dram Shop Law

Auto accidents are extremely frightening, and though they can be caused by any number of factors, the most common is driver negligence. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is among the most common types of driver negligence. If you are someone who has been injured by a drunk driver, you must continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys today to learn more about dram shop laws and how we can help you fight for the compensation you need.

What should I do if I have been hit by a drunk driver?

If you have been hit by a drunk driver, it is critical that the very first thing you do is call the police. They will send an ambulance and document the accident. You should also take a picture of any damage to your car, the other driver’s car, and the other driver’s license plate. If the other driver does not seem hostile, you may ask for his or her insurance information, however, if the situation becomes tense, simply wait in your car for the police to arrive. From here, ask anyone who saw your accident for their name, phone number, and email so they may provide testimony in the future. Once you are treated in a hospital, ensure you ask your doctor for medical documentation regarding your injuries, and finally, retain the services of an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all evidence needed to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence.

What is Washington D.C.’s dram shop law?

Dram shop laws are in place so that when someone is injured due to the actions of a drunk driver, they may not only sue the drunk driver, but the establishment that served the driver alcohol, under certain circumstances. For instance, if an establishment that sold alcohol to any of the following individuals and that person got behind the wheel and injured you, you may also hold the establishment liable:

  • Individuals who are already intoxicated
  • Individuals who appear to be intoxicated
  • Individuals who have  “notoriously intemperate habits,” such as an alcoholic
  • Minors under the age of 21

How long do I have to sue for an injury in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, giving the wrongly injured three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the party responsible. Waiting past the three-year mark usually results in the injured party being barred from suing.

Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm

The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.