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Dram Shop Law

Buffalo, New York Dram Shop Law

Top Rated Lawyers Fighting for the Best Results for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; and Rochester, New York

Drunk Driving Accidents Signs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016 there were 111,000,000 self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving by adults in the United States. This astonishing number of impaired driving incidents resulted in 10,497 fatal car accidents and many more injuries.

Jed Dietrich, Esq., a Best Lawyer of America, has over 20 years of experience handling serious personal injury cases in Buffalo, New York. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo, New York car accident lawyers can fight for the justice you deserve if you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has extensive knowledge and experience with drunk driving laws in New York State and will fight for YOU!

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top rated attorneys and paralegals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have settled in excess of $150,000,000 on behalf of their clients. Choose our superb team to be on your side by calling 716-839-3939 today for your free consultation. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

What Is New York State Dram Shop Law?

Generally, if you were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can sue that person for the injuries and damages that resulted. However, under some circumstances, there may be other parties who can also be sued. Strict time limits apply to these cases and you should call now if you this this situation applies to you. An investigator must be quickly sent out to interview witnesses regarding the drunkenness of the defendant driver.

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New York State operates under a Dram Shop Law, which states that any individual, retailer, bar or restaurant that provides alcohol to either an intoxicated person or a person who is under the age of 21, may be responsible for any injuries or damages that result from an accident.

Dram Shop Law originates from Sections 11-100 and 11-101 of the New York General Obligations Law.

Section 11-100 imposes liability on an individual, retailer, bar or restaurant who provides alcohol to a person who is under the legal drinking age of 21.

This section allows a person who was injured by the intoxication or impairment of an underage drinker to sue for money damages when the provider of the alcohol “knowingly causes such intoxication or impairment of ability by unlawfully furnishing to or unlawfully assisting in procuring alcoholic beverages for such person with knowledge or reasonable cause to believe that such person was under the age of [21] years.”

Section 11-101 imposes liability on an individual, retailer, bar or restaurant who provides alcohol to a person who is intoxicated.

Under this section, a person who is injured by the intoxication of an individual can sue the provider of the alcohol, such as an individual, retailer, bar or restaurant, for money damages when the provider of the alcohol unlawfully sold or assisted in procuring liquor for a “visibly intoxicated” person and “caused or contributed to such intoxication.”

If you, or a loved one, have been injured by an intoxicated driver or an underage drunk driver, you want the best personal injury attorney in Buffalo, New York to fight for you. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of elite trial lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., a Best Law Firm of America, will battle to obtain the best result for your personal injuries. Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of top rated drunk driving accident injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York and Rochester, New York today at 716-839-3939.

Dram Shop Liability On Social Hosts social Hosts

A social host is anyone who provides alcohol in their own home, at parties or other events. Social hosts can be held responsible for injuries sustained by someone who was hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver who was overserved at their home.

Too often parents tend to think, “Well, if the teenagers are going to drink, at least they will be at my house where I can watch them.” However, time and time again, underage drinking parties or events, especially common in the summer months and after proms and graduations, lead to drunk driving accidents which result in serious injuries and even death.

According to Psychology Today and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, nearly 1,000 people under age 21 die while celebrating during prom and graduation season.

The Williamsville Central School District, among others, has encouraged parents not to host underage drinking parties through their Parents Who Host, Lose The Most campaign. Hosting a party and allowing people under the age of 21 to drink is not only illegal, but also puts youth and others at risk of serious injury.

Contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. today if you were injured by a drunk driver in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York or Rochester, New York. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. team can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 716-839-3939. Call us today.

Liability Of Retailers, Bars And Restaurants For Dram Shop Violations In New York State

Retailers, such as convenience stores and liquor stores, bars and restaurants can be held responsible for providing alcohol to people who are actually or apparently under the age of 21 and people who are visibly intoxicated.

Retailers, bars and restaurants should always ask for identification and carefully examine state-issued identification to make sure the identification is not fraudulent.

Whether someone is considered to be “visibly intoxicated” can be largely discretionary; therefore, alcohol providers should watch their patrons for signs of intoxication such as bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and lack of motor coordination.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of superior Buffalo, New York drunk driving accident attorneys will attempt to obtain the best result after you have been wrongfully injured by an intoxicated driver or an underage drunk driver. Call Jed Dietrich, Esq. today at 716-839-3939 to preserve your rights after a car accident in Buffalo, New York.

Winning A New York State Dram Shop Law Case

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team of trial attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. will battle to obtain the best result possible to compensate you for your pain and suffering, lost wages and expensive medical bills if you were injured by a drunk driver.

Violation of the New York State Dram Shop Law is a strict liability tort. This means that individuals, retailers, convenience stores, liquor stores, gas stations, supermarkets, bars and restaurants have an absolute duty not to sell alcohol to people who are under the age of 21 or to people who appear to be intoxicated.

To establish legal liability under the Dram Shop Law in New York, Jed Dietrich, Esq. And his team will collect evidence to prove the following:

  1. That your injuries were caused by an accident with an intoxicated person;
  2. That the defendant individuals, retailers, convenience stores, liquor stores, gas stations, supermarkets bars and restaurants sold alcohol to, provided alcohol to or acquired alcohol for someone under the age of 21 or someone who was visibly intoxicated; and
  3. That the actions of the defendant individuals, retailers, convenience stores, liquor stores, gas stations, supermarkets, bars and restaurants caused or contributed to the person’s impairment or intoxication.

If you, or a loved one, has been injured by a drunk driver, you want the most experienced personal injury attorney in Buffalo, New York to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Jed Dietrich, Esq., a Best Lawyer of America, and his team of aggressive, tenacious and hardworking highly experienced car accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York will zealously battle to obtain the best result for your personal injury case. Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. TODAY for a free consultation at 716-839-3939. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is never a fee until we WIN for you.

What Should I Do If I Was Injured By An Underage Drunk Driver Or A Visibly Intoxicated Driver In New York State?

If you were injured by an underage drunk driver or a visibly intoxicated driver in New York State, it is essential to check yourself and your passengers for injuries, seek medical attention if necessary, call 911, file a Police Report and take photos and videos as evidence.

Visit our page on what to do after a car accident or our car accident FAQs for more information.

There are strict time constraints applicable to personal injury cases in New York State. Therefore, you should act fast. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C., a Best Law Firm of America, will fight for the compensation that you deserve if you were injured in a drunk driving accident. Call us today at 716-839-3939 to set up your free consultation with our most experienced team of aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York.


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury attorneys can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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