At Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C., we carefully analyze every aspect of our clients’ drunk driving claims. We do this to ensure we can locate and pursue every possible source of financial compensation, which may include our client’s own insurance policy, the drunk driver’s policy, and even an establishment that served an obviously intoxicated person.
Our Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorneys understand that the recovery of maximum compensation is the way for justice to be served and for victims to rebuild their lives after the injuries and tragic losses drunk drivers can cause.
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Drunk driving accidents are an important focus of our firm. These cases can be exceedingly complex in terms of liability, or legal responsibility, for a victim’s injuries. Why? Well, most people immediately assume the blame should be placed on the shoulders of the drunk driver, but there is another factor to consider. If the driver was over-served at a restaurant, bar, or club, and then got behind the wheel, that establishment may hold partial liability. Known as the dram shop rule, this is a factor to consider in any drunk driving case.
Our team takes on drunk driving accident cases across Pennsylvania for:
- Victims who have been struck by drunk drivers, including occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists
- Passengers of drunk drivers
- Victims of accidents where the driver was overserved at a bar, restaurant, etc.
- Families of those who have lost their lives in drunk driving accidents
The Dangers of Drunk & Drugged Driving
Safely operating a motor vehicle of any kind requires mental and physical attention. Alcohol and drugs, including prescription or over-the-counter medications, impair these. Even when a person’s blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit, his or her abilities may be impaired.
Alcohol and drugs can affect:
- Reaction time
- Motor skills
- Depth perception
Alcohol and drugs can also cause drowsiness or over-confidence, which can affect driving. Even an excellent driver can make mistakes after a drink or two.
Social Host Liability in Philadelphia
The concept of “social host liability” applies to situations where a regular person – not a server at a restaurant or a bar owner – may be held legally responsible for injuries caused by a person to which they have served alcohol. For example, Joe hosts a holiday party and his friend, Frank, has a little too much to drink. Frank decides to drive home and causes an accident, injuring another person. In this scenario, Joe will be partially responsible if social host liability applies.
To find out more about drunk driving and your rights after an accident, contact our Philadelphia drunk driving accident lawyers at (215) 608-2183. We’re here to help.