Pennsylvania law allows innocent victims of drunk driver accidents to recover damages against negligent bars and restaurants that serve visibly intoxicated patrons. This theory of recovery is commonly referred to as dramshop liability. These cases are usually very difficult to prove as you need evidence of the drunk driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) while in the establishment drinking and evidence that the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated at the time he was served alcohol. This usually requires eyewitness testimony of the drunk driver’s conduct and behavior while at the establishment. If no one observed the drunk driver acting out-of-control or drunk while at the establishment, it can be difficult to prove the bartender(s) should not have served him any [more] alcohol. However, a thorough investigation and prompt witness interviews can sometimes undercover the evidence needed to pursue this type of claim.
Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. (DLP) represents seriously injured and catastrophically injured victims of auto accidents, bus accidents, SUV accidents, snowmobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accident and tractor trailer accidents (including work accidents) throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Wyoming, Sullivan, Montour, Lycoming, Schuylkill, Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Northampton, Carbon and Columbia. These accidents often occur on the interstate corridors and state highways that run through Northeastern Pennsylvania, including I-81, I-80, I-380, I-84, I-180, SR 61, the Casey Highway, the I-80 Corridor and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Some of the representative municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania where these accidents occur include Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Honesdale, Hazleton, Moosic, Dunmore, Old Forge, Williamsport, Tunkhannock, Towanda, Stroudsburg, Bethleham, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Pottsville, Kingston, Milford, Mansfield and Wellsboro. We at DLP represent serious and catastrophically injured victims of truck accidents, tractor trailer accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, automobile accidents and SUV accidents to get them the money and justice they deserve to compensate them for their injuries and damages. If you are involved in an accident anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, call an attorney at DLP as soon as possible after the accident for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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