Helping You Hold Tavern Owners Responsible

Under New Jersey's dramshop law, those who sell or serve liquor have a legal duty to keep their drunken guests from driving. They might take away the driver's keys, call a cab or find a sober designated driver. Better yet, they might stop serving drinks to the driver before he or she becomes drunk. If they fail to try to keep drunk drivers off the road, they may be partially liable when a drunk driver causes an accident.

At Smith & Gaynor, LLC, in Morristown, we have seen what can happen when an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel. A car accident involving a drunk driver can cause severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage and even death. While the dramshop law does not eliminate the intoxicated driver's legal responsibility, it does remind those who serve liquor, beer and wine that their inaction carries a cost.

Who Can Be Held Liable Under New Jersey's Dramshop Law?

When a client who has been injured by a drunk driver comes to us, it is our job to seek out every avenue of compensation. Besides the inebriated driver, the liable parties may include:

  • Owners, servers and bartenders at restaurants, nightclubs, bars, sports venues, country clubs and other establishments that sell liquor
  • Liquor store owners and sales staff
  • A social host — anybody who serves alcohol at a private function on their own property

Contact A Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer Today

Founding partner, Robert A. Smith, of Smith & Gaynor, LLC, is a certified civil trial attorney who provides personal but professional legal counsel, and believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a partnership based on trust.

Smith & Gaynor, LLC, has been helping victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation from drivers and restaurant and bar owners in Morris County and throughout New Jersey since 1996.

To schedule a cost-free consultation, contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-532-2661. Weekend and evening appointments are available. If you are unable to travel, one of our lawyers will meet with you at the hospital or in your home.

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