Dram Shop Liability In Boston: When A Driver Was Served Too Much Alcohol
If someone got drunk at a bar, then got in a car and was involved in a crash that killed your family member or injured you, you may be able to pursue compensation from sources other than the drunk driver. A bar or restaurant that serves alcohol to an obviously inebriated person may be liable for damages.
Dram shop liability laws are complex. The lawyers at Dane Shulman Associates, LLC, can guide you through the legal process and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us at (617) 298-2500 to schedule a free consultation.
Do Dram Shop Laws Apply In Your Alcohol-Related Accident In Massachusetts?
Any institution that was licensed to serve alcohol and knowingly served alcohol to a person who then drove drunk may be legally and financially responsible to compensate the injured.
You or your injured family member may need compensation to cover the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost wage replacement
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury
Our attorneys understand your sorrow, frustration and outrage over an accident that could have been prevented with proper restraint by the drunk driver or by those who served him or her alcohol. We are proud to offer our services to victims of drunk driving-related crashes.
Attorneys Experienced Working With Dram Shop Laws
Our attorneys have ample experience handling claims involving DUI/DWI/OWI auto accidents. It is important to monitor the criminal case of the drunk driver who caused your accident. We also know how important it is to find out as soon as possible where he or she was drinking before the drunk driving, at what time and for how long.
Talk to one of our lawyers at no charge regarding the best course of action after you were injured or a family member was killed by a drunk driver.
Underage Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents can change lives. If your family is facing the aftermath of a serious or fatal drunk driving accident, it is difficult to know where to look for answers or how to move forward. It is even more difficult to grasp when the accident involves an underage drunk driver who should never have even had access to alcohol, let alone have been driving under the influence.
Our attorneys help drunk driving accident victims and their families alleviate the financial hardships associated with a serious injury or loss of a loved one. We understand that when a loved one is involved in a car accident caused by an underage drunk driver, you want answers:
- Where did the minor obtain the alcohol?
- Who is responsible for his/her careless actions?
Pursuing Full Accountability
Our personal injury attorneys offer compassion and support, and work diligently to not only find answers to your questions, but also to pursue full accountability.
The underage drunk driver: While the underage drunk driver will face criminal prosecution for his or her actions, this is separate from any litigation pursued by accident victims and their families. Our attorneys carefully monitor any criminal case involving the driver while pursuing a civil liability claim against the underage drunk driver (and his or her insurance company).
The bar or restaurant that served him/her: When alcohol is negligently served to a minor at a bar, restaurant, nightclub, liquor store or any other liquor-serving establishment, that establishment may be held financially liable for injuries or fatalities subsequently caused by the minor in a drunk driving accident.
The “social host” who served him/her: When alcohol is served to a minor at a college party, at a home or any other gathering, the property owner or host of the gathering may be held financially responsible if that minor subsequently causes a drunk driving accident resulting in injuries or fatalities.
Drunk Driving And Alcohol-Related Accidents
According to U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 250,000 people have died in drunk driving accidents since 1995. A person is killed every 20 minutes on an American road in a drunk driving accident, and more than 700,000 people are injured every year. A recent insurance industry study conducted by Allstate Insurance estimates that drunk driving accidents cost Americans between $21 and $24 billion annually.
In alcohol-related crashes, there may be more than just the driver who can be held liable for damages. Dram shop laws mean that bars and restaurants that provided alcohol to the drunk driver may share responsibility for your injuries. We rely on a network of professional experts and consultants to help make sure that you and your family receive full and fair compensation.
Holding A Liquor-Serving Establishment Liable: Contact Us. We Can Help.
We can help you pursue compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, therapy, lost wages and other out-pocket expenses following a drunk driving accident. From our offices in Boston, we represent accident victims from across Massachusetts. Contact us online or call (617) 298-2500 today to schedule a free initial consultation.