We Examine Bar Liability For Drunk Driving Accidents
Attorneys Who Hold Bars And Restaurants Liable For Over Serving Their Patrons
Drunk driving crashes are preventable. They are not accidents. When someone drinks to the point that his or her normal faculties are impaired and then chooses to drive under the influence (DUI), he or she is knowingly risking the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 41,059 people were killed in DUI accidents in 2008. Georgia is one of the top five states for alcohol-related traffic fatalities behind California, Texas, Florida and North Carolina.
Call our Atlanta law office today at 770-901-2666 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced drunk driving injury lawyer. You may also contact us online, and we will respond to your message as soon as possible.
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Dram Shop Actions And Bar Liability In Georgia
In a number of cases, it is not only the alcohol-impaired driver who may be liable for the collision and resulting injury or death of an innocent motorist or passenger. Under dram shop liability laws, a party injured by an intoxicated person can sue establishments — bars, liquor stores or other commercial establishments where alcoholic beverages are served — that contributed to the person’s intoxication.
Dram shop cases are, to say the least, difficult and in some states such as Nevada, virtually impossible to win. Some other states such as Alabama, Alaska and Michigan impose liability on the alcohol purveyors only for illegal alcohol sales to minors and known alcoholics. The vast majority of states, including Georgia, impose liability when the dram shop defendant knew or should have known the consumer was visibly or noticeably intoxicated, and the server knew or should have known the person was going to be driving. Bartenders and servers virtually never admit that the person they were serving was noticeably intoxicated and proving that they knew that the person was going to be driving is also a difficult prerequisite of liability to conquer.
Experienced Legal Representation For Serious Personal Injuries
Our Atlanta lawyers understand that people who have been injured, and the families of those injured or killed, are faced with a traumatic event. Physical injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent impairments and the psychological impact that accompanies these tragic events need to be properly investigated, documented and presented to maximize recovery against the impaired driver, and/or the person or establishment that negligently contributed to the ensuing accident and injuries.
Act Now If You Were Hit By A Drunk Driver
If you or a loved one has been injured or a family member was killed as a result of drunk driving, you need professional representation by a lawyer who has extensive knowledge of the various laws impacting DUI cases. Having represented countless such victims, Isenberg & Hewitt, PC, is especially skilled and capable of effectively handling your case.