Philadelphia Drunk Driver and "Dram Shop" Cases Lawyers
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs poses a hazard to you and everyone else on the road. Drunk drivers destroy lives and they should be held accountable for their actions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver and every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher are considered alcohol-impaired in Pennsylvania. Drinking impairs a driver’s cognitive abilities and slows their reaction time, often causing accidents. If a drunk driver causes an accident, they are legally responsible for any injuries or fatalities that occur.
Accidents often happen when the impaired driver has left a bar, tavern or similar commercial establishment where alcohol is sold. Traditionally, it is a shop where spirits were sold by the dram, a small unit of liquid. So-called “Dram shop” cases are enforced through civil lawsuits that allow victims of a DUI accident or their families to sue those who provided the alcohol.
In some instances, the provider of the alcohol, such as bars or restaurants, may also be held responsible for the injuries from a drunk driving accident. For example, if an establishment continues to serve a patron while they were “visibly intoxicated,” impairing their ability to operate the vehicle, they could also be held liable for the accident.
Our office has represented successfully resolved many cases involving drunk driver. We have the resources and experience to help hold the responsible parties accountable for their reckless actions.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, we can help. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation and to review your legal options.