Lancaster Drunk Driving Accidents
Our community sees far too many impaired driving-related accidents. A person may drink too much at home and get into their car to go somewhere. However, most often, a person leaves a bar, restaurant, party, or other location and travels elsewhere when a crash occurs.
Drunk driving happens because people don’t know their limits. Sometimes the people serving them are also responsible for limiting how much a visibly intoxicated person has had to drink.
Drunk Driving Fatalities
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that every day approximately 28 people in the United States die in an accident caused by a drunk driver. That’s one person every 52 minutes. In 2019 alone, more than 10,100 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents.
If your loved one died in a drunk driving crash, then you may be able to file a wrongful death and survival claim against the intoxicated person. While no amount of money can replace what you lost, the compensation you recover can alleviate medical and funeral expenses, make up for lost income, and help your family move forward.
Liability in Drunk Driving Cases
From the driver to the establishment that overserved them, various parties could be responsible for a drunk driving accident. That’s why it’s crucial to get a drunk driving accident attorney involved in your case as soon as possible.
This ensures you file correctly and consider all of the necessary factors. Atlee Hall provides a free case evaluation so you can find out who may be responsible and how to best move forward.
Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable
When an intoxicated driver causes an accident, they are likely to get arrested and face criminal consequences. But you can also hold them accountable for any injuries and property damage they have caused.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver, you can get their insurance company to cover your losses. If the insurance company refuses, you can take them to court.
Dram Shop Laws
“Dram shop” refers to any person or company that sells alcohol. That includes:
- Liquor stores
These establishments may also be held responsible if they overserve an already visibly intoxicated person. Under the law, they should have known that the person could cause an accident. This makes them negligent.
Dram shop law is complex, but most companies don’t want to be associated with drunk driving accident cases. They often offer quick settlements instead of forcing you into dram shop litigation in the court system. A dram shop attorney at Atlee Hall can help determine if your case has merit.
Contact a DUI Accident Lawyer for Help
Drunk driving accidents can be devastating. They take you by surprise and leave you not knowing what to do next. Don’t deal with all of the factors that may be involved by yourself. Call a Pennsylvania drunk driving accident lawyer to guide you.