Liability in a Drunk Driving Accident
We hear all the time about the consequences of drunk driving and what can happen if someone is caught driving under the influence. One thing that isn’t discussed as much is what happens if someone is injured after being involved in a collision caused by the drunk driver. In these cases, there are a number of complex factors that must be considered and the victim should hire a skilled attorney to help them determine the liable party.
Drunk driving crashes can be considered the fault of numerous parties, so it’s important to have a lawyer on your side who can help you seek the most favorable outcome and maximum compensation.
The most obvious liable party in a drunk driving crash is the driver who is intoxicated. Drinking and driving impairs your vision, decision making ability, and reaction time, so anybody who is operating a vehicle while intoxicated increases their risk of causing a serious collision. The drunk driver may be held liable for their decision to operate their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
There are is another party that may be considered liable for the crash, however, that not many people consider. In Pennsylvania, the law imposes dram shop liability in events of someone sustaining an injury as a result of a drunk driving crash.
Under the dram shop liability laws, when a drunk driving collision occurs, there are certain circumstances under which a bar or establishment may be considered liable for the injuries. For instance, if the drunk driver who crashes the vehicle was visibly intoxicated when entering a bar, but the bartender or bar owner still served the individual alcohol, they may be considered responsible for any actions that occurred once the driver left the establishment.
At The Beasley Firm, we recognize the importance of having an experienced Philadelphia auto accident attorney on your side who can help you determine any and all liable parties if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver. We are here to help you.
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