Any accident that causes injury is terrifying and difficult. But when the accident happened because another driver chose to drink too much before getting behind the wheel, it's especially frustrating.
Businesses that serve alcohol are required by law to stop serving people before they become intoxicated and a danger to others and themselves. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other establishments that serve alcohol are covered in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky by what's known as the dram shop legislation. That law protects people by holding those businesses accountable when they overserve someone who then kills or injures other people in an accident or through negligence.
A driver who has been served or sold too much alcohol is a danger to himself, his passengers, people in other vehicles and pedestrians. Far too many residents of our area are killed or seriously injured each year by drivers who had too much to drink.
The problem can even be worse when a driver who is taking medications drinks alcohol. The alcohol can intensify the negative effects of the medication, adding to the driver's impairment. This can even happen with over-the-counter medicines sold in your local drugstore or supermarket.
Know Your Rights
If you or a family member has been injured by a drunk driver, you may have a case against not only the driver of the vehicle but also the alcohol provider. Serious personal injury can occur to a customer who has been served too much alcohol. Binge drinking can cause a person to become drunk so quickly that they may suffer from alcohol poisoning, which can be deadly. Gerling Law attorneys have experience helping people in cases that involve businesses that overserve alcohol.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a driver who was impaired by alcohol or drugs, you deserve compensation for your injuries and trouble. Gerling Law attorneys go after drunk drivers to obtain compensation for the victims of their actions. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the accident and the effect it has had upon your life. We also look at the driver's behavior, decision-making and any past violations of the law. In addition, we determine whether a bar or restaurant may have contributed to the situation by serving too much alcohol to the driver, or continuing to serve an already-intoxicated driver.
No matter what the circumstances may be, Gerling Law's attorneys will seek out the truth and act in your best interests to ensure that you are properly compensated.
Get The Legal Help You Deserve!
If you or a family member has been seriously injured because of an alcohol-related car accident, talking to a law firm with experience in drunk driving cases just makes sense. Call Gerling Law in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro today at 812-266-9051 or complete the free case review form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Remember, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling.