Dram Shop Liability: Overview
A fun celebration such as a wedding or a night out on the town can turn deadly in an instant when drunk driving results in a crash. Pedestrians, bicycle riders, motorcyclists, drivers of other vehicles, and passengers in other vehicles are all potential victims when drunk driving occurs. A DUI for the responsible driver can clear the way for punitive damages above and beyond no-fault auto accident coverage. A driver who gets behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be charged with gross recklessness.
Was Someone Besides The Drunk Driver Responsible?
When a serious injury or traffic fatality is a result of a crash involving a drunk driver, one of the key questions to explore is: Where did that driver get his or her alcohol? Dram shop laws in New York leave the door open to holding commercial establishments responsible for serving too many drinks to drunk customers. Bartender negligence can extend to liability for the entire bar, casino, or restaurant.
Social hosts may also be held responsible for serving drinks in their homes or on other private property, allowing guests to drink too much and then allowing them to leave in their cars while intoxicated.
If a lawyer from The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny represents you after you were injured or lost a family member in a drunk driving accident, no path to maximum compensation will be left unexplored. In addition to pursuing compensation from the inebriated driver, we will investigate to determine whether a dram shop case is an option.
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Our New York City Personal Injury Law Firm Represents People Injured By Intoxicated Drivers
Whether the cause of your accident was an inattentive driver or dangerous roads, attorneys at our firm are prepared to pursue fair compensation to cover your losses and expenses. If we represent you after a car accident, we pledge to keep you well-informed of the status of your case through all its phases. Call (212) 421-0300 or send an email to schedule a free consultation with a New York dram shop liability attorney.