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Dram Shop Liability Lawyer

Holding All Responsible Parties Accountable in West Virginia Car Accidents

Driving home late at night can come with serious risks. Visibility is poorer, and there’s a greater likelihood that you’ll fall asleep behind the wheel. One of the biggest risks you’ll face, however, is that of drunk drivers on their way home from nights out at local bars. Drunk drivers cause thousands of fatal accidents across the US, and dozens here in West Virginia, every year.

While drunk drivers are themselves primarily to blame for these crashes, there may be other parties who bear partial responsibility. Dram shop liability offers victims of drunk driving crashes an additional source of compensation after suffering major injuries in a crash. If you’ve been injured in a collision with a drunk driver, contact the skilled and aggressive Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson to discuss your options after a crash.

Restaurants and bars have a legal duty to serve responsibly

A “dram shop” is a medieval term used to describe a tavern or bar that served its patrons a “dram” of alcohol. The term is now used to describe the duty that liquor retailers have in preventing harm caused by drunk drivers. Restaurants and bars make a great deal of money from selling alcohol to patrons, but they have a legal and moral duty not to abuse this fact by serving alcohol to patrons who have already had too much. A drunk person isn’t always the best judge of when they’ve been overserved, so we rely on staff at bars and restaurants to refuse to serve customers who have already had enough. When these establishments prioritize profits and customer satisfaction over serious safety concerns, and that drunk patron proceeds to cause a serious accident while driving drunk, that restaurant or bar may bear financial liability for the crash.

Find skilled legal help to get the compensation you deserve

Proving claims based on dram shop liability can be challenging. Taverns and bars might try to find patrons who will testify that the drunk driver didn’t seem intoxicated when they left on the night of the crash, or they may dispose of security camera footage showing the driver stumbling to their car if they aren’t asked immediately after a crash to retain that footage. At Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson, our determined dram shop liability lawyers will quickly spring into action to gather evidence supporting your claim for liability against a negligent bar or restaurant. Our experienced investigators will leave no stone unturned in our search for eyewitness support and physical evidence that will support your claim and help you get the money you deserve.

Get the Compensation You Need and Deserve after a West Virginia Car Accident

If you or someone you love has been hurt by a drunk driver, get a no-cost consultation on your possible sources of money damages by contacting the Martinsburg offices of Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a consultation, at 304-263-0900.

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