One in three traffic accident fatalities in the United States occurs in collisions where at least one driver had an illegal blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk driving is a serious problem, and the burden of civil liability does not necessarily fall exclusively on the shoulders of drunk drivers. Bars, restaurants, and other establishments that serve alcohol may share responsibility if they overserve a customer who then causes an auto accident.
Cases of this kind are often referred to as third party dram shop lawsuits. The third party is the establishment (dram shop) that overserved the drunk driver. Even though the establishment did not directly cause the accident, if they served alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person, they may be indirectly to blame for any harm that person causes. This may apply not only to drunk driving accidents but also to assaults or other violent crimes committed by an intoxicated person.
Get insight that applies to your unique case by calling a Philadelphia dram shop attorney at (215) 608-2183. Your consultation is free, and we are ready to answer your questions.
When Does Third Party Liability Apply?
Third party liability may apply in a drunk driving accident case if any type of commercial establishment overserved the drunk driver. This means that they violated liquor laws and served, continued to serve, or failed to cut off a patron who was obviously intoxicated. If they overserved, and an innocent person paid the price, our Philadelphia drunk driving accident lawyers are there to see that justice is served.
Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. represents individuals and families across Pennsylvania in dram shop cases involving:
- Hotels and motels
- Any other commercial establishments that serve alcohol
To find out if you have a viable case, call (215) 608-2183 or contact us online.