Every minute (24 hours per day / 7 days per week) someone is injured in a car wreck that was caused by a driver who had been drinking. Many, if not all, of these wrecks and resulting injuries could have been avoided if one or more people had simply used good judgment.
Victims of wrecks caused by drunk drivers, in addition to their families, should to be fully and completely compensated for their losses. Individuals and businesses responsible for the harms and losses inflicted by intoxicated drivers must also be held fully accountable for their actions. This includes not only the drunk driver, but those who made the decision to serve or sell alcohol to the individual who became intoxicated. Then and only then are you (the victim) and your family likely able to obtain closure and put this tragic and otherwise avoidable episode behind you.
Under Alabama law, a business cannot sell or even give alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21. A convenience store, restaurant, or bar is required to ensure the safety of their customers or others by not allowing them to leave the premises while intoxicated, unless they are certain that someone else will be driving. If an intoxicated customer causes injury or harm to another person, the business, along with the drunk driver, could be liable. Likewise, the parents of a minor (under the age of 21) may also pursue a lawsuit against a business that sells or provides alcohol to their child.
At the Ryder Law Firm we understand the tragedy associated with injuries or even death resulting from the irresponsible acts of drunk drivers. We do not represent individuals who have been charged with DUI. Our clients are the victims and families of victims who have been injured or killed by drunk drivers. Through our years of experience, we know what actions must be taken to promptly preserve key evidence, to include blood and urine specimens, skid marks, the vehicles involved, receipts for the alcohol consumed, and other key records from the business that sold or served the alcohol to the drunk driver. Only by taking these actions can we maximize the likelihood of our clients being made whole for their resulting harms and losses. At the Ryder Law Firm, it is a responsibility that we take seriously.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, contact us today and let us put our years of expertise to work for you.