In car, bus and truck accident cases caused by a Pennsylvania drunk driver or a driver who is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, the driver is almost always at fault and can be held accountable both in criminal and civil courts.
In some drunk driving situations, other parties, such as a bar, night club or restaurant may also be responsible for the injured victims’ damages caused by the DUI accident.
Consider this scenario: Prior to a fatal car accident, the drunk driver was at a local bar having drinks. After several hours, the driver was visibly intoxicated, but the bar continued to serve him alcohol. Even after the driver's behavior turned belligerent and his speech became slurred, the bar still continued to serve him drinks.
The drunk driver then hopped in his car and caused a fatal car crash. In this situation, the bar may be held responsible under Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop law. Bars and bar employees may not serve patrons who are visibly intoxicated. By continuing to serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated customer who causes a car crash later, the bar contributed to the driver causing a DUI accident.
Another party liable for a DUI car crash other than the drunk driver may be the employer of the driver. If a cab driver was drunk while driving taxi passengers in Philadelphia and causes a car accident injuring the passengers, the employer of the cab driver may also be liable for the passengers’ injuries and damages.
Just this past Sunday, a young Philadelphia couple was killed in a car crash on their way back from a wedding in Ashville, N.C. The couple was in a town car limo traveling back when the limo driver lost control of the vehicle. The limo went down an embankment and struck a tree. The couple died as a result of the crash. The driver was taken to a local hospital and later released. According to the police, the investigation determined that the driver was under the influence at the time of the crash. The driver has been charged with DWI and two counts of Felony Death by Motor Vehicle. *Source: www.nbcphiladelphia.com (Driver Charged in Crash That Killed Newlywed Couple)
In this tragic situation, not only will the driver be liable for the couple’s death, the limo company may also be liable for the couple’s death and may be sued by the couple’s family members in a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania, feel free to call the personal injury lawyers at White and Williams for a free consultation. 877.944.8396.