Toronto is home to countless bars, restaurants, and taverns. Here, people eat good food, celebrate with friends and family, and, of course, drink. While there is nothing wrong with this, the unfortunate reality is that many people make the very poor decision to drive afterward, and if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you must continue reading and contact a Toronto drunk driving accident lawyer here at Merricks Law Group who can fight for your rightful compensation.
Why Hire a Toronto Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer?
The unfortunate reality is that though everybody understands the dangers of drunk driving, many people still continue to take that risk. Unfortunately, this frequently leads to serious accidents and injuries as a result. When someone is injured at the hands of a drunk driver, it is critical that they retain skilled legal representation familiar with drunk driving accidents and the dram shop laws here in Ontario. Fortunately, you have just found that lawyer here at Merricks Law Group.
What to do After Being Injured in an Accident With a Drunk Driver
If you are injured in an accident with a drunk driver, you should first call the police, as they will send an ambulance to the scene of the accident and report to the accident themselves. They will then most likely request the drunk driver to submit to chemical testing, which may serve as crucial evidence in your future personal injury claim. While you await their arrival, ask any witnesses for their contact information and take pictures of the scene of the accident. Once you are taken to the hospital and are in stable condition, ask your doctor for a copy of all documentation regarding your injuries. Finally, retain the services of a knowledgeable Ontario personal injury lawyer who can work to uncover all additional forms of evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.
Dram Shop Liability in Ontario
Here in Ontario, there is a dram shop law in place that states that under certain circumstances, those injured by drunk drivers may also serve the establishment that served them alcohol. For example, if you were injured in an accident with a drunk driver and you can prove that the establishment served the driver alcohol either while the person was already obviously intoxicated, if the person was a minor, if they sold the individual after hours, or if they sold alcohol without a license to do so, you will most likely have a valid personal injury lawsuit against the establishment, as well as the drunk driver.
Statute of Limitations
As with all other personal injury claims in Toronto, there is a statute of limitations in place. The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is, generally, two years, which means you must not make the mistake of waiting any longer than two years from the date of your accident with the drunk driver to take legal action against him or her. If you do, you will most likely permanently lose your right to do so.
Contact Our Toronto Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
The bottom line is that if you’ve been injured, we are here to help. Speak with a lawyer who truly cares. Mr. Merricks has handled countless auto accident cases for over 30 years. Contact Merricks Law Group for an experienced lawyer when you need it most.