Drunk driving accidents are devastating for victims and the family members of victims. If you or somebody you care about has been injured or killed as a result of a drunk driving incident, there may be more than one party responsible for what happened. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our dram shop and liquor liability attorneys are ready to help. We will investigate the circumstances involving the incident, including those who served the impaired driver alcohol. Let us get to work on your case immediately.
WHAT ARE DRAM SHOP AND LIQUOR LIABILITY LAWS?
Pennsylvania has fairly tough laws regarding overserving alcohol. Under the Pennsylvania Liquor Code, the state has the ability to hold alcohol vendors liable for any injuries caused by an intoxicated person if that vendor sold or gave alcohol to a person while they were “visibly intoxicated.”
WHY ARE THESE LAWS IMPORTANT?
Pennsylvania struggles with drunk driving incidents. During the latest reporting year, there were 9,811 total alcohol-related traffic crashes. Out of those incidents, there were 6,227 total injuries and 331 total fatalities. Nearly 28% of all traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania during the latest year were the result of intoxicated driver crashes.
Pennsylvania’s dram shop and liquor liability laws are other tools used to deter reckless driving behaviour. These laws will not prevent all drunk driving accidents, but they can save lives. Dram shop laws also give victims of drunk driving accidents another method to hold negligent parties responsible.
HOW IS THIS LAW APPLIED?
While the Pennsylvania dram shop law may seem straightforward, these cases require extensive investigation. It can be complicated to prove that a bartender, restaurant server, or cashier at a store knew somebody was intoxicated at the time that they furnished them with alcohol. Pennsylvania’s dram shop and liquor liability laws work to deter the serving of alcohol to intoxicated people. Those who sell or serve alcohol should always look for the following signs that indicate a person is already intoxicated and should not be driving:
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty walking
- Visibly seeing them drink multiple drinks
An attorney looking into these cases will seek to obtain all evidence to prove that the person who served alcohol may have contributed to a drunk driving accident. This can include:
- Surveillance footage from the establishment
- Any receipts
- Eyewitness statements
- And more
IT IS TIME TO GET COMPENSATION FOR WHAT HAPPENED
If you or somebody you love has been harmed, or if you have lost a loved one, due to the actions of an impaired driver, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate the case and work to secure the compensation you need, including the following:
- All medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against any negligent party
When you need an Allentown dramshop and liquor liability attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730 for a free consultation.