Not all car crashes involving alcohol are as black and white as they sound. When an individual has been injured in such an accident, they may be able to hold more than just the driver accountable. If the intoxicated driver, or the defendant, was previously sold or purchased alcohol at a public establishment, a dram shop claim may be at hand. A dram shop claim is more popularly known as a statutory legal claim against a seller of alcoholic beverages.
If you have been injured in a DUI accident and believe an outside establishment was involved, The Rotatori Law Firm can help. We understand that the prosecution of a dram shop claim requires immediate fact investigation to secure witnesses and strong physical evidence. Attorney Peter Rotatori, III is an experienced Stamford injury lawyer with over 20 years of experience. We would be honored to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
If an alcohol establishment sells any alcohol to an intoxicated person and that purchaser injures another person or their property due to being intoxicated, the seller may be charged with fines of up to $250,000. Providing alcohol to an already and clearly intoxicated person is severely punished under the Dram Shop Act.
Before successfully prosecuting a dram shop case, the seller must be notified of the investigation within 120 days of the accident. If a death occurred, the notice must be provided within 180 days. The lawsuit itself must be commenced within one year of the date of the act or omission.
Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to irrefutably prove that an alcohol seller served liquor to an intoxicated person without legal assistance.
Any of the following pieces of evidence may be used as proof:
If you or a family member has been injured by way of a drunk driver and you suspect that the driver had been drinking at a liquor establishment before the accident occurred, contact Attorney Peter Rotatori, III of The Rotatori Law Firm. Attorney Rotatori will be happy to discuss your case and the possibility of dram shop liability.
Our Stamford personal injury lawyer represents clients injured by DUI drivers throughout the State of Connecticut including Southbury, Waterbury, Danbury, and Stamford.