Legal Recourse for Drunk Driving Crash Victims in Pennsylvania
Brian Kent, a hit by drunk driver attorney, represents drunk driving accident victims and their families, helping them recover the full financial compensation they deserve for their injuries. Brian Kent provided The Legal Herald with some insight regarding the legal options available to these victims in Pennsylvania:
If you or a loved one has been injured in an alcohol-related accident caused by an intoxicated person, you may be wondering about your legal rights. In Pennsylvania and many other states, victims of alcohol-related accidents may have the right to file a lawsuit against both the person who caused the accident and the alcohol vendor who provided that person with alcohol, depending on certain circumstances. This second type of lawsuit is known as a “dram shop” claim.
According to Pennsylvania’s dram shop laws, victims of drunk driving accidents and all other alcohol-related accidents may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor if:
- The alcohol vendor provided alcohol to someone who was “visibly intoxicated”
- The alcohol vendor violated the liquor code, including selling to someone who was:
- Under 21 years of age
- Considered “insane”
- “A habitual drunkard”
- “A person of known untempered habits”
For example, if Bob has had five or six drinks at a bar and is unable to maintain his balance, but the bartender continues serving him anyway and Bob causes a drunk driving accident after leaving the bar, the bar owner may be considered liable for injuries suffered by victims of the accident. This example would likely fall under “visible intoxication.”
If you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options after you or someone you love was hit by a drunk driver, consider contacting one of our experienced DUI victims attorneys for a free consultation.
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