The law is on your side when you are injured, or you lose a loved one to the negligence of a drunk driver. We are on your side as well. As a highly experienced drunk driving accident lawyer in Boston, MA, we stand up for your rights and work aggressively to obtain the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at our law firm will help with:
It depends on the qualified and experienced lawyers of Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. Our DUI accident attorneys have built a strong reputation across Massachusetts based on thousands of successfully handled personal injury claims. Our track record and qualifications include:
Personal injury is the largest practice area for our firm, and our drunk driving accident assistance is enhanced by the fact that our firm also handles criminal defense law. We work with police officers, treating physicians, and medical experts to build the strongest possible case against drunk drivers. We then draw on decades of experience when negotiating with insurers and presenting evidence to jurors. Rely on our aggressive and knowledgeable team following a catastrophic accident.
During a recent reporting period in Massachusetts, we can see that the five-year average of annual fatalities caused by alcohol-impaired crashes was 129. The total number of fatalities peaked at 148 during one recent year and dipped to as low as 109 fatalities during another year. However, the reality is that fatalities are only one way to measure the devastating effects of drunk driving in the Commonwealth. Survivors of drunk driving collisions regularly sustain severe injuries and are left dealing with the consequences.
At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., our Boston drunk driving accident attorneys regularly help clients who have sustained a range of injuries in these incidents, including the following:
Additionally, our attorneys regularly help clients who have sustained severe emotional and psychological injuries as a result of a drunk driving collision. Our goal always remains the same – to help ensure victims of drunk driving crashes secure the compensation they are entitled to for their losses.
Others may be held responsible for drunk driving. When you or a loved one is injured by a drunk driver, you probably already knew that you could file a claim against the drunk driver. However, did you know that you might also be able to obtain compensation against the business or bartender who supplied the alcohol?
Many states, including Massachusetts, have dram shop liability laws that hold alcohol-serving establishments like bars, restaurants, and hotels liable for serving alcohol to an individual who is obviously intoxicated. Bartenders may also be held individually liable for their negligence. You may also have a right to compensation if the drunk driver was underage or purchasing alcohol after hours.
Many people do not realize that shops that provide alcohol in Massachusetts are required to carry some sort of liquor liability coverage in case they end up involved in litigation. As of 2010, the law in Massachusetts requires that restaurants and bar owners who serve alcohol carry insurance minimum liability coverage of $250,000 per person and $500,000 per accident. These are the minimum amounts required, but many businesses that serve alcohol carry more than this. A common amount of coverage carried by these establishments is $1 million.
Training is often provided to waitstaff, bartenders, and owners of establishments where alcohol is sold to help them identify intoxicated individuals. This training is regularly provided by an agency called Training for Intervention Procedures, or TIPS.
TIPS helps promote and train any person who works in an establishment where they are responsible for the sale, service, and consumption of alcohol. When establishments receive TIPS training, they often receive a break in their insurance requirements from the state.
You may assume that establishing liability is simple if you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, but that is not necessarily the case. Even if you are able to establish that the driver was negligent, you will need to supply additional facts to obtain compensation in a dram shop claim against the business or bartender who served alcohol to the drunk driver.
You must establish that the liquor-serving establishment or bartender served alcohol to an obviously intoxicated individual or was negligent in some other manner. Since the drunk driver may have had drinks at their home or purchased alcohol at more than one establishment, a thorough investigation must be conducted to establish liability in a dram shop claim. Our Boston car accident attorneys have decades of collective experience investigating and aggressively prosecuting personal injury claims. We take time to question witnesses, conduct a thorough discovery, and utilize the assistance of accident reconstruction experts when necessary to establish liability.
We work with medical experts and treating physicians to determine the full extent of our clients’ injuries and aggressively pursue the full compensation our clients are entitled to receive. As a result of our aggressive and thorough case management, we are recognized as a leading Massachusetts personal injury firm and have recovered more than $75 million in compensation on behalf of accident victims.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a drunk driving accident collision in Boston, you need to seek assistance from a skilled attorney as soon as possible. At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., we pledge to devote our resources and legal expertise to help you get through this. We will conduct a complete investigation into your case so we can obtain the compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Boston drunk driving accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 617-917-3917.