Dram Shop Claims

Make Sure Your DWI Accident Claim Is Fully Explored

When someone in New Mexico has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, that driver needs to be held accountable for his or her actions. However, that person may not be the sole liable party in a drunk driving accident. The lawyers at the Albuquerque firm of Berenson & Associates have experience as prosecutors and personal injury attorneys in DWI cases, so our firm will explore all avenues to seek justice in a drunk driving accident case.

New Mexico is one of several states with laws that allow victims of drunk driving accidents to pursue legal action against both the driver of a vehicle as well as parties who negligently provided the driver with alcohol. These are known as dram shop liability cases — "dram" being an old word relating to selling spirits by the drink. Under this concept, alcohol vendors and social hosts who recklessly provide alcohol to a guest or patron can be held partially liable for any damages that result.

Personal Injury Lawyers Who Will Thoroughly Examine Your Case

While not every drunk driving accident leads to a dram shop liability claim, it is crucial that your attorney investigate your case to determine what action you should take. Even if a drunk driver was not being served at a restaurant, bar or other public setting, a third party might still be held accountable.

This might come up, for example, at a private party if the host recognized that a guest was obviously intoxicated but did not take action to stop the guest from drinking more, to help counter the alcohol's effects or to prevent the guest from driving.

Call or email our firm today for a free consultation about your case and dram shop liability laws. Call 505-227-8315 or email us your contact information.