- Did you see the other driver acting or looking drunk?
- Any other witnesses?
- Where was the other driver coming from? A restaurant or bar?
- Did the Police test the drunk driver for blood alcohol content (BAC)?
- Don’t speak to the other person’s insurance company
- Get photos of the crash scene asap; get pictures of the vehicles
TIME IS CRITICAL IN PROVING THE DRUNK DRIVING INJURY CASE.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving injury or accident, time is critical. There is likely to be evidence which needs to be found and preserved. This could include: roadway/crash scene evidence such as debris or tire marks, key eyewitnesses from the crash scene and those who would have seen the drunk driver drinking alcohol, injury photos, test results.
You can be sure that the Insurance Company who will defend the drunk driver or the bar will move quickly to gather witness statements and evidence to try to avoid paying for the harm caused to you or your family.
You need an experienced drunk driving injury legal team on your side to fight back. Our firm will handle their insurance company, the paperwork, the insurance issues and the problems so that you and your family can concentrate on trying to heal and get better.
Call us for a free evaluation. (610) 792-3304. If you were hurt in a car accident due to a drunk driver, don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you during this difficult time. Put our experienced lawyers to work to protect your family.
FOR US, “IT’S PERSONAL”
We have been handling Drunk Driving Injury cases in Montgomery, Chester, BerksCounties and the Philadelphia Area for nearly 20 years. David Schreiber has served on the Board of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for Eastern Pennsylvania as well as in our local Counties. In doing so, David helped MADD fight unfair legislation which would have placed a “cap” on damages recoverable for drunk driving injury victims.
David also raised with MADD the issue of why Bars and Drinking Establishments have not been required to carry “dram shop” insurance in Pennsylvania, also known as insurance coverage for liability for serving drunk drivers. David has spoke to Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim support groups.
Like many people in our community, as a child growing up, David had a relative who was struck and killed by a hit and run driver who was believed to be driving drunk. Personal experiences with victims have caused us to be passionate about representing victims of drunk drivers. Did you know in Pennsylvania, there is something called the “Dram Shop” Act? That law holds bars and drinking establishments responsible for damages caused when they serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person who then causes injury to someone.
If you or a loved one has been has been hurt as a result of a drunk driver, you need an experienced lawyer. But not just any experienced lawyer. You need a lawyer who is experienced in handlng drunk driving injury cases. We have that concentrated experience to go to work for you and your family to fight for your rights.
YOU CAN COUNT ON OUR DRUNK DRIVING INJURY LAW EXPERIENCE
- successful litigation against drunk driver and problem local bar in which the bar was determined to be a “nuisance bar” by the Commonwealth and required to close down
- we have handled and won “dram shop” drunk driving injury cases against bars and drunk drivers in Montgomery County, Chester County, Berks County, Delaware County and the Philadelphia Area including drunk driving injuries on Route 100, Route 422, Route 73, Route 724 and many other local roads
- we have deposed and cross-examined designated witnesses of drinking establishments, bartenders, ar patrons, defense experts, all to successfully recover on behalf of our clients who were injured by drunk drivers
- we have retained and worked with the right toxicologists, accident reconstruction experts, coroners and other experts to prove liability and damages in drunk driving injury cases
- we have retained and worked with investigators to uncover the facts necessary to prove liability in drunk driving injury cases
IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN A BAR BE SUED FOR SERVING A DRUNK DRIVER IN PENNSYLVANIA?
In Pennsylvania, a bar or restaurant can not serve alcohol to a “visibly intoxicated” person. If a bar or restaurant serves a visibly intoxicated person or a minor (someone under age 18), and that person then injures himself or someone else, the bar can be held responsible.
The Pennsylvania Law is referred to as the Dram Shop Act. Dram Shop is an old English name for a bar. The drinks were served by a unit of liquid called a dram.
CAN I BE SUED IF SOMEONE LEAVES MY HOUSE AFTER DRINKING AND CAUSES A CAR ACCIDENT OR AN INJURY?
In Pennsylvania, as a Social Host, if an adult drinks at your house, then leaves and is in a car accident or injures himself or someone else, you are not responsible. The exception is that if you give alcohol to a minor or you knowingly allow a minor to drink at your house and then the minor injures himself or someone else, you can be held responsible.
We have helped many clients for over 20 years, with Drunk Driving Inury cases from the following areas: Royersford, Collegeville, Limerick, Boyertown, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Gilbertsville, Douglassville, Schwenksville, Birdsboro, Chester Springs, Reading, Skippack, Norristown, Montgomery County, Berks County, Chester County, Philadelphia County, Lancaster County, Delaware County and Eastern Pennsylvania.