In Pennsylvania, liquor liability laws assign legal accountability to social hosts and dram shops (bars, restaurants, or other establishments that serve alcohol) if the people they serve cause motor vehicle accidents. Social host liability only applies if the driver was under the age of 21, but dram shops may be liable for harm caused by drunk drivers of any age, if they were overserved at the establishment.
Drunk drivers cause hundreds of fatal car accidents in Pennsylvania each year. Although some drunk drivers become intoxicated on their own, quite a few have been paying customers at drinking establishments. At pubs or theaters, they were served wine, beer, or cocktails that raised their blood alcohol content (BAC) shortly before they got behind the wheel.
Our Philadelphia liquor liability attorneys have a great deal of knowledge in this area of the law, and our track record of success demonstrates our readiness to handle your dram shop claim. In addition, our attorneys have practical work experience in establishments serving liquor. We are able to apply valuable background knowledge obtained firsthand in bars and restaurants to the development of strong dram shop cases for our clients who have been injured by drunk drivers.
Liquor liability claims are not limited to drunk driving accidents. Dram shop laws may also apply if an intoxicated person starts a fight, attacks another person, or commits another type of violent or harmful act after being served at a bar, club, restaurant, etc.