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For close to 60 years, The Beasley Firm has fought to ensure individuals injured in drunk driving accidents receive full compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial losses they sustain. We have awarded tens of millions of dollars for victims from the drunk drivers and the bars and restaurants that serve intoxicated and impaired customers. Our Philadelphia drunk driving accident lawyers have experience in all of the different aspects of these cases including:
Since 1958, we have obtained over $2 billion in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients. If you or someone close to you was injured in a drunk driving accident, speak with a Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorney from our firm.
Let us put our experience and resources to work for you. Call (215) 866-2424.
Alcohol-related accidents remain an epidemic across the United States, including the state of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) found that Pennsylvania ranked in the bottom half of all states based on the percentage of total traffic deaths related to driving under the influence (DUI). In an average week, nine people will die in DUI accidents in the state, accounting for over 30% of all traffic deaths in Pennsylvania.
In the state of Pennsylvania, an adult aged 21 or older who drives a non-commercial vehicle is considered drunk with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more, according to 75 Pa.C.S. § 3802. Drivers of commercial vehicles, such as trucks, are considered drunk with a BAC of 0.04% or greater. Drivers of school buses are considered drunk with a BAC of 0.02% or greater. Drivers under age 21 are considered intoxicated when their BAC is 0.02% or greater.
A common chart used by medical providers and police officers shows that people with a BAC of 0.08% will likely show impairments in:
Even lower concentrations of alcohol can affect driving and walking. Alcohol can also impair judgment. Impaired judgment can result in
While a drunk driving case or other liquor liability lawsuit often presents many legal issues, there are four common types of claims:
Dram shop litigation is a way for victims of drunk drivers to hold parties other than the driver responsible for their injuries, specifically establishments that serve alcohol. Dram shop laws hold restaurants, casinos, and bars responsible for the damage caused by patrons who continue to drink-despite being obviously drunk. Restaurants and businesses that serve alcohol have a duty to sell alcohol responsibly, just like people have a duty to behave responsibly while drinking. These laws are designed to decrease alcohol-related injuries by preventing liquor establishments and social hosts from serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals and minors. Through these laws, bars, restaurants, and social hosts can be held accountable for serving alcohol to individuals who cause injuries to themselves or others. There have been multi-million dollar settlements-including many secured by our attorneys-against some of the most high profile bars and restaurant chains in the Philadelphia area and in Pennsylvania, including against Dave & Buster's, Chickie's & Pete's, and Outback Steakhouse. We're here to win your battles. Learn more about our case results.
Our Philadelphia drunk driving accident attorneys obtained the first-ever million-dollar verdict in Pennsylvania, and we've never stopped building on that record. Our law firm has obtained over 300 verdicts or settlements that each amounted to a million dollars or more. If you or your loved one was seriously injured or killed in an alcohol-related accident, set up a confidential consultation with our firm today.
Let us put our experience and resources to work for you and your family by contacting The Beasley Firm at (215) 866-2424.
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