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Unfortunately, Memorial Day Weekend sees a number of drunk driving accidents. This is because, like any national holiday, there is often alcohol involved. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a drunk driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about drunk driving accidents in New York and some important steps to take when it comes to filing your claim.

Does New York Have Dram Shop Laws?

The dram shop law in New York prohibits establishments and vendors from selling alcohol to certain types of people. In New York, the dram shop law states that vendors may not sell alcohol to those who are either minors under the age of 21, those who are visibly intoxicated, and those who are known, habitual drunkards. If an establishment disobeys the dram shop law and their patron injured a third party as a result, the establishment may be held at least partially liable for the victim’s injuries. Our firm can help you provide proof that an establishment was partially responsible for your accident.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you most likely deserve compensation. You may be facing physical, financial, and emotional burdens as a result of your accident and you may be able to recover compensation as a result. If a loved one was killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to recover compensation on their behalf. But, in either case, it is important to take action fast. This can be difficult to do if you are recovering from a serious accident or you are mourning a loss. But, when it comes to a personal injury case, there is a strict deadline, known as a statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Our firm is here to make sure this does not happen. Contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated attorney.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.