Responsible consumption of liquor is a source of celebration, fun and social engagement. Unfortunately, individuals who drink too much alcohol and the bars that carelessly serve them put your life at risk.
Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC helps victims recover for deaths or injuries caused by intoxicated individuals and the drinking establishments and hosts who served them. During our more than 65 years of experience, our lawyers have witnessed the many changes in the laws and attitudes related to irresponsible consumption of alcohol. We help you and your family reach the maximum compensation possible through a liquor liability settlement or trial.
In May 2012, the New Jersey Law Revision Commission created the Tentative Report Relating to Driving While Intoxicated to study the effectiveness of N.J.S. Title 39 pertaining to drunk driving and to make recommendations for revising the statutes. In fulfilling its duty, the Commission reviewed data from various state and federal agencies and nonprofit groups. The Commission noted in its report that of the 556 people killed in automobile crashes in 2010, 36.5 percent were alcohol-related. These statistics include passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists killed by drunk drivers. During the same year, almost 25,000 drivers were convicted of DWI. These statistics highlight the dangers you encounter on New Jersey’s roadways every time you drive your car.
Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC holds these negligent drivers accountable for the DWI accident that injured you or killed your loved one. If the drunk driver’s insurance policy does not provide sufficient compensation, we seek a personal judgment against the driver and consider third-party negligence claims.
New Jersey’s dram shop laws hold drinking establishments responsible for accidents resulting from over-service of alcoholic beverages. Our team thoroughly investigates your auto accident to determine whether a bar or club contributed by over-serving its patrons. You may even have a cause of action if you were charged with a DWI. Under NJ statutes, a minor can sue a bar to recover for injuries suffered while intoxicated. In addition, the dram shop laws extend to an adult drunk driver who sustained injuries because of over-service. A minor can also sue a social host who supplied alcohol for injuries incurred in a DUI crash.
Commercial establishments are responsible for providing adequate security to protect their guests. This is particularly important in bars and clubs where patrons may be imbibing large quantities of alcohol. You may have a cause of action if you were attacked inside a drinking establishment or its parking lot.
For more information about recovering compensation for the injuries you sustained in a DWI accident or bar attack, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. For your convenience, we have offices in Elmwood Park, Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, with Spanish-speaking translators available by request.