If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may need to hire a dram shop litigation attorney in Newark, New Jersey. Dram shop litigation is about holding bar and restaurant owners responsible for damages caused by serving alcohol to people who are obviously intoxicated, or who are minors. Bars and restaurants make profits by serving drinks, but if they serve recklessly and then someone is hurt by a drunken customer who drives away from the bar, they can be held liable.
The damages from an accident caused by a drunk driver can be life-changing and devastating or even result in the death of the victim. It can require a lifetime of medical care and rehabilitation. They may render the victim unable to work at his former occupation and may cause him tremendous suffering and pain.
The law firm of Maran & Maran, PC of Newark, New Jersey has the expertise to assess your case and pinpoint any negligence caused by a bar or restaurant when serving alcoholic beverages to their patrons.
The dram shop laws in the state of New Jersey fall under the New Jersey Licensed Alcoholic Beverage Server Fair Liability Act. These laws state that anyone who has been hurt by a drunk person’s actions can sue whoever sold that person the alcohol if the person was obviously drunk when the alcohol was sold to him, or if that person was a minor, even one who was using false ID. The idea behind the law is to prevent bars and restaurants from prioritizing profit-making above public safety. Under these laws, the person who drank the alcohol may not sue the bar or restaurant and they are still liable for their own actions.
The statute of limitations on this type of lawsuit is two years, and victims can potentially sue for punitive damages as well. The law firm of Maran & Maran, PC can help you if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver who was served too much alcohol.
If you’ve been harmed by the actions of an intoxicated person who was served too much alcohol at a private social event, you will benefit from understanding the responsibilities of social hosts. Even a private host who is just serving drinks at his home to guests can be held liable for injuries caused by someone who was served additional alcohol when they were already visibly intoxicated.
This is especially true if the host knows that the intoxicated party will be driving home in a vehicle. This applies even if the guests brought their own alcohol to the private home. The law firm of Maran & Maran, P.C. can be your advocate if you’ve been injured by a driver who had too much to drink at someone’s private home.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by an intoxicated person who was overserved, call today to schedule a no-cost legal consultation with a dram shop litigation attorney in Newark, New Jersey. The law firm of Maran & Maran, P.C. is based in Newark, across the street from Penn Station, but also serves Essex, Union, Bergen, Middlesex counties, and all of Northern New Jersey. Call David Maran at 973-622-5303 and let us represent you.