Drunk Driving Victims and Dram Shop Liability
Birmingham Drunk Driving Victims Lawyer
Alabama Dram Shop Liability
Representing Victims of Drunk-Driving Accidents - Holding Bars and Nightclubs Accountable
Everyone knows that it is against the law to drink and drive in Alabama. If your blood-alcohol content or BAC is 0.08 percent or greater, your ability to react quickly in a driving emergency is greatly reduced. Drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 are charged with drunk driving if their BAC is 0.02 percent or greater.
Many people do not realize that both drunk drivers and the liquor establishments that served them may be held accountable for damages to you, the victim of the drunk driver. Alcohol server responsibility for drunk-driving car accidents is called "dram shop liability." Money damage awards under dram shop liability may include medical expenses, lost income or earning potential or the value of a lost life.
Delay Is Deadly
The best way to determine if you have a valid claim is to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Your memories of the major car accident are fresh then, and evidence soon disappears.
An attorney at Hollis, Wright, and Couch, P.C. works with clients to gather the facts for drunk-driving victims and dram shop liability. If you have been injured in a drunk-driving accident, or a loved one killed in a fatal car accident, contact us soon to schedule a free initial consultation in our Birmingham, Alabama, law offices or by telephone.
Drunk-Driving Victims and Dram Shop Liability
Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are prohibited from selling to patrons who are "visibly intoxicated." The attorneys at Hollis, Wright, and Couch, P.C. work hard to prove dram shop liability claims for drunk-driving victims, including:
- Gathering evidence: talking to patrons and employees present that night
- Gathering forensic evidence: examining the drunk driver's BAC, checking credit card receipts and verifying drunk driving behaviors such as driving the wrong way on a one-way street
- Establishing a pattern of abuse:has the bar or restaurant consistently served drunk patrons in the past?
Committed to Pursuing Compensation for Victims of Drunk Drivers
Recently, Hollis, Wright, and Couch, P.C. has been instrumental in a coalition that has been lobbying for the Alabama legislature to raise the liability limits of dram shops from $100,000 to $500,000 and require these establishments to purchase increased insurance coverage. We are committed to this cause and to holding irresponsible alcohol servers responsible for their negligence.
Trial lawyer Josh J. Wright at Hollis, Wright, and Couch, P.C. regularly presents seminars on drunk-driving victims, dram shop liability law, and insurance concerns.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We offer evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. Our attorneys work on contingency. You pay no fees up front, and pay only if we win compensation for your wrongful death claim or drunk-driving car accident case.