Dram Shop Attorney in Bloomfield, NJ
While many people enjoy drinking alcohol and do so safely, others fail to consider the safety of themselves and those around them while they are intoxicated. The unfortunate reality is that intoxicated individuals often cause property damage and injuries to other people. When an intoxicated person makes the decision to drive, the results can be fatal. In some cases, the establishment that continued to serve the intoxicated individual can be held liable. If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, we understand the suffering you are experiencing. The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. is committed to helping you find justice and holding those who played a part in your accident responsible for their actions. Contact our firm today for compassionate and zealous legal representation.
Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
Despite having so many safe options available for getting home from a night of drinking, such as Uber, Lyft, a taxi, or a designated driver, drunk driving accidents still occur. If you were involved in an automobile accident with a drunk driver, you may be able to take legal action against them in addition to the DWI penalties they will likely face from law enforcement. These accidents often result in very serious injuries and may even be fatal. At the scene of the accident, a law enforcement officer will conduct field sobriety tests and a chemical breath test to determine the blood alcohol content of the individual. This can benefit your case tremendously because accident cases require you to prove that the other party was negligent, which is referred to as the burden of proof.
Dram Shop Laws in New Jersey
In addition to holding the drunk driver accountable, you may be able to hold the establishment that over-served them liable for your injuries as well. Under New Jersey’s Dram Shop Laws, bars, restaurants, social hosts, and liquor stores may be required to pay damages after an accident where a customer that they served too many drinks caused another person to be injured. This is the case if you can prove that the establishment or host continued to serve the individual while they were already visibly intoxicated or under the legal drinking age of 21.
Recovering Damages After an Accident
If you are able to fulfill the burden of proof, it may be possible to recover significant compensation for your injuries from both the drunk driver and the establishment that overserved them. Some of the damages that may be recovered include the cost of medical bills, lost current and future wages, the cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. If you are the surviving dependent of a person who lost their life as a result of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to wrongful death benefits.
Contact an Essex County Liquor Liability Attorney
The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. understands the devastation that occurs after being injured by a drunk driver. Our firm is committed to holding these drivers accountable for their recklessness and negligence. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, we will focus on recovering a maximum compensation award on your behalf. Contact the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today to discuss your case.