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Drunk Driving Accidents

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The Law Offices of Jason M. Ranallo, P.C. represents victims of drunk or impaired drivers. When people drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs their chances of causing an accident that results in serious injury or death increase dramatically. A drunk or impaired driver of a car has delayed reaction time and poor decision-making abilities. Not only drunk or impaired driving accidents usually result in extensive property damage but also leave the victim with catastrophic injuries. Victims of drunk driving accidents often sustain head and brain injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries, organ issues, broken bones, paralysis, limb loss and permanent disabilities.

WERE YOU IN AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A DRUNK DRIVER?

Sometimes these types of claims involve another party other than the drunk driver. Often, the establishment who supplied the drunk driver with their last drink may be held liable for the injuries that the drunk driver caused. Dram Shop liability extends to the bar, tavern or other establishments that serve alcohol. Massachusetts does not have specific dramshop statute; however M.G.L. c. 138 § 69 provides that “no alcoholic beverage shall be sold or delivered on any premises licensed under this chapter to an intoxicated person.” This provision prohibits commercial vendors of alcohol from serving any intoxicated individual. Important procedural requirements must be followed to initiate a liquor liability action. M.G.L. c. 231 § 60J provides that in every action “for negligence in the distribution, sale or serving of alcoholic beverages . . . To an intoxicated person . . . The plaintiff shall file, together with his complaint, or such later time not to exceed ninety days after that, an affidavit setting forth sufficient facts to raise a legitimate question of liability appropriate for judicial inquiry. For the bar, tavern or other establishments to be held liable, the plaintiff has the burden of proving that the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated before they were served their last drink before leaving the bar, tavern or establishment and causing the motor vehicle accident.

In other situations, the drunk driver may have left a private house party. This is also known as social host liability in Massachusetts. Sometimes these situations also include underage drinking parties at a friend’s house. Recently, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that teenagers that hosted an underage drinking party but did not supply the alcohol cannot be held liable if the partygoer was injured. The parents were also not liable since they did not know of the party and did not play any role in providing the alcohol. To have civil liability in a social host matter, the host would need to provide and control the supply of alcohol.

Attorney Jason Ranallo has been helping individuals who were injured by drunk and impaired drivers for over a decade. You can rest assure having the Law Offices of Jason M. Ranallo, P.C. working for you puts your case in the hands of an experienced, knowledgeable, aggressive and compassionate attorney who knows how to get results. He and his office will provide you with the personal attention and skill that each case needs. We will handle every aspect of your case, including going to trial if a full and fair settlement agreement cannot be reached.

If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk or impaired driver of a motor vehicle, call the Law Offices of Jason M. Ranallo, P.C. today at 781-344-6200 or contact the firm online to schedule a free consultation to review your case. For your convenience, home, hospital, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. Let us show you what our knowledge, experience, and skills can do for you or your loved one. Call or contact us today. Your case will always be our top priority!