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Dram shop laws and drunk driving accidents

The term "dram shop" can be traced back to 18th century literature and refers to an establishment that serves or sells liquor. It can be a bar, pub, saloon, liquor store, or even a restaurant. A dram is a small liquid unit of measure, and dram shops are often watched closely when it comes to determining who is responsible for drunk driving accidents.

Showing negligence and disproving contributory negligence

Car accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including icy roads, running a stoplight or a drunk driver. A wreck can cause serious injuries. When a crash is caused by the negligence of another driver and injuries are suffered by a victim in that accident, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be an option in an attempt to recover compensation from the negligent driver. However, as a previous post mentioned, in many instances more than one individual is at fault for causing the accident. This contributory negligence can affect the outcome of a legal claim, which is why if you have been injured in an accident you need to not only be prepared to show that the other party was at fault, but also to try to minimize your fault.

Bicyclist wounded in Massachusetts hit-and-run accident

On a previous post here we discussed how pedestrian accidents can be avoided. Despite those efforts, however, far too many Massachusetts residents are put at risk of harm by negligent drivers who fail to take the necessary precautions to ensure pedestrian safety. These pedestrian victims can have their lives turned upside down in the blink of an eye, and their road to recovery can be extremely long, painful and expensive. The same holds true for other individuals who are not offered the protections found in cars, such as bicyclists. 

Contributory negligence and personal injury lawsuits

Very few car accidents are clear cut when it comes to determining fault. One individual may have been speeding slightly when he is struck by another driver who ran a stop sign. Should this disallow the first driver from recovering compensation? This is a debate that, at one time or another, has played out in every state, and the laws addressing it can vary from state-to-state.

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