Over 2,000 people have lost their lives during the past five years in Pennsylvania due to drunken driving. This figure does not even include the additional thousands of people who have suffered serious injuries because of intoxicated drivers. Sometimes a drunken driving accident occurs due to a bar's over-serving a customer who was obviously already intoxicated.
If a bar serves alcohol to a drunken patron and that patron gets behind the wheel and causes an accident, the intoxicated person may certainly be held liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a result. However, the alcohol-serving establishment may also be held financially responsible. These liability laws are known as dram shop laws.
Over-serving a customer who is drunk can unfortunately lead to a life-changing DUI accident that ends up causing you debilitating injuries. A DUI accident may also end up snatching away the life of a loved one. It is within your rights to file a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim, respectively, in an effort to hold the drunken driver accountable as well as the bar that over-served him or her.
If you do decide to file a lawsuit against a bar that was allegedly over-serving a customer in Pennsylvania, it is critical that you contact an attorney immediately. A quick investigation is necessary to get all of the evidence required to establish liability in such a case. No amount of money can undo your injuries or restore the life of a deceased accident victim; however, it may help to address emotional distress resulting from the incident and enable you to more easily move on from the tragedy.