DUII and Dram Shop Accidents

Helping Clients Recover for Accident Injuries from All Responsible Parties

The accident attorneys at Owens / Pinzelik, P.C. have handled many car accidents cases that involve the use of alcohol by at least one of the drivers. One of the main causes of poor driving is intoxication. In Oregon around 40% of fatalities in car accidents are alcohol related. When a drunk driver injures another person the law should hold the drunk driver liable for the victim’s injuries. But, there are other parties that can also be held responsible. Bars, restaurants, and other establishments that serve alcohol are required by law to train their staff to responsibly serve alcohol and to stop serving a person after they exhibit signs of intoxication. Continuing to serve that person creates a public safety risk. ‘Dram shop’ cases, also called liquor liability claims, are lawsuits against bars, restaurants, and other establishments for negligently serving a person alcohol when that person later gets into a vehicle and injures or kills someone on the road.

Oregon Attorneys Delivering Excellent Legal Services to Clients Injured in DUI Accidents

Investigating the liability of a dram shop to get you the recovery you deserve is only one example of the creative strategies the personal injury lawyers at Owens / Pinzelik, P.C. employ when we are retained to represent you. Often the insurance coverage of a drunk driver is not enough to cover the injuries caused by the driver. Dram shops offer another source to cover your losses if they were negligent in the way they served alcohol to the drunk driver and holding them liable for over-serving is good public policy. It is irresponsible to serve visibly intoxicated persons and establishments that do not follow good alcohol serving practices should be held accountable for their actions.

Owens / Pinzelik, P.C., Accident Injury Lawyers Providing Client-Focused Advocacy in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and other Oregon Counties

Please contact our personal injury attorneys today if you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a drunk driver. We will pursue all pertinent legal strategies to protect your rights. We offer a free and confidential initial consultation and our attorneys take personal injury claims on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid until you do.