Drunk Driving Accidents and Dram Shop Liability

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
Founder of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.

In the United States, a drunk driver kills another person every 40 minutes or causes an injury every 1 minute.  Nearly 15,000 deaths or over 500,000 injuries occur every year because of a drunk driver.  Florida almost leads the nation with the third highest rate of alcohol related deaths.  Every year, 1 in 139 licensed drivers will be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Before a first time drunk driver is arrested, he would have already driven drunk an average of 87 times.  Over 30% of all fatal crash accidents are caused by driving while intoxicated (DWI).  Nearly 60% of all drunk driver accidents occur over the weekend.  These statistics are despite strong national campaigns to stop drunk driving.  Imagine how much grimmer the statistics would be if we did not have organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) and other similar organizations and government paid campaigns.

Drunk driving is a very serious matter.  Countless victims suffer catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on a daily basis due to negligent individuals that choose to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  Even driving under the influence of over the counter drugs or prescription drugs has its consequences.     

Another area of law that is associated with drunk driving accidents is known as "dram shop" liability.  Dram shop liability is an area of law which holds liquor stores, bars and other establishments that sell alcoholic drinks legally liable for injuries or deaths sustained by other persons because of their negligent acts.  Negligent acts may include irresponsibly selling or serving alcoholic drinks to a visibly intoxicated person or even to minors.

 

Important evidence to gather after a drunk driving or DUI accident:

  • Police car video of the accident scene
  • Emergency 911tape recording
  • Drunk driver criminal file
  • Breathalyzer and field sobriety test results
  • Witness statements
  • Accident investigation reports

Common "dram shop liability" can include:

  • Bars
  • Liquor Stores
  • Taverns
  • Restaurants
  • Nightclubs
  • Facilitating Underage Drinking
  • Homeowners
  • Bartenders
  • Party Givers
  • Social Hosts
  • Event Sponsors

You can reach Miami Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected].

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