If you have been seriously injured by a CT drunk driver and the driver of the vehicle has no insurance, are there other sources where you can turn to for money damages? There could very well be a number of other sources that you could look to in an effort to obtain money damages for your serious injuries. One of the ways that you might be able to collect money damages would be through any and all applicable under-insured or uninsured motorist policies that would cover you at the time of your accident. This is a complicated area of the law and you need to consult with an experienced CT drunk driving lawyer or injury attorney at the earliest possible moment.
There could be other potential ways to collect money damages and one such way might be through Connecticut's Dram Shop Act Statute. Connecticut's dram shop act states in relevant part that: if any person, or such person's agent, sells any alcoholic liquor to an intoxicated person, and such purchaser, in consequence of such intoxication, thereafter injures the person or property of another, such seller shall pay just damages to the injured person. There are a number of other requirements in the statute that set forth restrictions and/or limitations on how you can collect money damages in such a situation. It is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut accident attorney or injury lawyer that is familiar with handling cases under Connecticut's dram shop act.
Connecticut jury instructions section 3.17 sets forth the law as it relates to the dram shop act. That instruction provides as follows, to establish that the defendant violated the statute, the plaintiff must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that: the defendant or its agents sold alcoholic liquor to the person who caused the plaintiff's injuries; that the person that caused the plaintiff's injuries was intoxicated at the time of the sale; and in consequence of that intoxication the person that caused the plaintiff's injuries did so pursuant to the statute.
If you have been seriously injured by a CT drunk driver in any town or city in Connecticut you need to contact an experienced accident attorney or injury lawyer who is familiar with both CT drunk driving accidents and the dram shop act. There are time limitations under which notice must be filed with the offending party. There may be matters which need to be investigated immediately. The longer you wait the greater the likelihood is that you will prejudice your CT drunk driving case and either greatly reduce the value of your injury claim or completely destroy your claim because you are outside of one of the notice provision requirements.
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