While it is no big secret that
driving under the influence (DUI) can be deadly, it is still a major issue on the road. In fact, according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around one in
every three traffic-related deaths in the U.S. involves an intoxicated
motorist. For accident victims, getting the help they need is generally
a top priority and when filing a personal injury or car accident claim,
it is vital to understand who may be held liable for any resulting damages.
Determining Negligence in a Car Accident
With any injury claim, assigning liability in an accident typically centers
on proving that one party acted negligently. In the case of drunk driving,
the choice to imbibe alcohol is an indicator of negligence. The legal
limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08%; however, depending on the
circumstances of an accident, a driver may be held responsible if any
amount of alcohol led to a crash. Furthermore, a vehicle’s owner
may be liable for damages if they knowingly allowed another intoxicated
person to drive. While at-fault drivers are typically one of the first
parties to look at when determining liability, they are not the only people
who may be held responsible for a drunk driving accident.
Can a Provider of Alcohol be Held Responsible?
Yes. According to the
Pennsylvania Dram Shop Act, servers of alcohol such as restaurants, bars, and even social hosts may
be liable for drunk driving accidents under specific conditions. A third-party
may be held responsible under dram shop laws if (1) they knowingly serve
alcohol to a person who is already clearly intoxicated and (2) that person
causes an accident as a result. Third-parties can also be responsible
if they provide a minor with alcohol, regardless of their assumed levels
For this reason, investigations are critical for building a complete picture
of not only the accident itself but the events leading up to a crash.
A claim can involve countless unique factors and if you have questions
about your specific situation, contacting an attorney with experience
handling drunk driving accident claims is highly recommended.
Compensation for Injured Motorists
In the wake of a car accident, getting the medical care you need while
attempting to navigate through an unfamiliar insurance claims process
can be tremendously overwhelming. The good news is that you don’t
have to go through it alone. At Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C. our
Philadelphia car accident attorneys can help you understand your options and guide you through every step
of a claim. We possess more than 100 years of combined experience and
have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
Do you want to learn more about your claim?
Contact us online today.