If you or a loved one were injured in a drunk driving accident in New York, our dedicated legal team may be able to help. New York's strong dram shop laws allow injury victims to file suit against bars and restaurants that break the law.
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New York's strong dram shop laws allow injury victims to hold licensed establishments, including bars, restaurants and liquor stores, accountable for serving alcohol in a negligent manner. The State's liquor code prohibits licensed establishments from serving alcohol to someone who is "actually or apparently" under the legal drinking age, 21, or of serving someone who is already visibly intoxicated.
Filing A Dram Shop Suit For Drunk Driving In New York
You'd be amazed how often these liquor laws are violated, with disastrous results. Thousands of drunk driving accidents and bar fights could be prevented every year - if only New York's liquor laws were followed to the letter. Some victims and families, however, may be able to fight back and pursue justice.
In New York, the State's dram shop laws allow injury victims to hold licensed establishments liable for over-serving an intoxicated patron or serving an under-age patron. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident that was caused by someone who was drunk, you may have the right to sue the licensed establishment that served them alcohol.
New York's Time Limit For Liquor Claims
Like every other lawsuit filed in New York, dram shop lawsuits must comply with the strict time limits set forth in the State's statute of limitations. Wait until after the statute of limitations has run out and your suit will almost undoubtedly be dismissed without a second thought. The statute of limitations for dram shop claims in New York is currently three years, beginning on the date that you or your loved one suffered injury.