In many drunk driving accidents, victims and their families believe there is only one person to hold accountable for the crash: the drunk driver. For this reason, a claim for compensation is only filed against the drunk driver and his or her insurance company.
But in some cases, a drunk driver may not be the only liable party. If a bar or restaurant in Media or elsewhere in Pennsylvania serves a patron they know is already intoxicated, the establishment could be held liable in addition to the driver. This is called dramshop liability, and it can mean access to compensation you didn’t know you had the right to.
In addition, in specific circumstances, social hosts can also be held liable for providing alcohol to someone who then negligently injures or kills an innocent victim. In these cases, called dramshop liability cases, there may be applicable homeowners insurance, as well as excess or umbrella coverage, available to the victim or the victim’s family.
Because of their nature, many drunk driving accidents leave victims suffering from serious or catastrophic injuries for which they need lifelong care. In other cases, a crash may be so violent, an innocent person may be killed all because of many people’s negligence.
Whether serious or fatal, a drunk driving accident can change a person’s life forever, oftentimes leaving them with enormous medical bills or funeral and burial costs. With the help of a personal injury lawyer and Pennsylvania’s dramshop liability laws, victims and their families can recover the costs they have now as well as the ones that will come later on.
At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we investigate drunk driving accidents to the fullest extent to discover all liable parties. If a bar, restaurant or employer played a role in the crash by allowing a clearly intoxicated person to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, we will make sure they are held responsible for their negligence as well.
Our attorneys will guide you through every step of the claims process, making sure you understand what’s going on and that your needs are met. We will also go over the insurance policies for each at-fault party, uncovering additional coverage that will benefit you and your family. With our firm, nothing gets left on the table.
At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we truly want to help you and your family get fair compensation, and we understand this may mean holding a third party responsible for their negligence.