Intoxicated Drivers - Dram Shop Claims
The lawyers of Gilloon, Wright & Hamel, P.C. practice personal injury law involving intoxicated drivers and dram shop claims all over the State of Iowa. Call or email us now and one of our experienced attorneys would be happy to answer any questions you have and talk about helping you with your case involving an intoxicated driver and a possible dram shop claim.
If you are injured by a drunk driver you have a claim against the driver and the owner of the vehicle based on the negligent driving of the intoxicated driver. In addition to the usual damages for an auto accident case which are discussed in the auto accident practice area, the fact that the negligent driver was intoxicated also creates a potential recovery of punitive damages. Punitive damages are a special type of damage allowed under Iowa law when the conduct of the defendant showed a willful and wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others. The purpose of most damages allowed under Iowa law is to compensate the injured party. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant, and to hopefully deter other people from engaging in the same dangerous conduct.
If you are injured by an intoxicated driver you also have a potential dram shop claim against any business which sold and served alcohol to the defendant when the establishment knew or should have known that the defendant was intoxicated.
One special requirement of a dram shop claim is that you must give written notice to the businesses which sold and served the alcohol to the defendant of your intent to bring a claim under the dram shop act within six months of the injury. Therefore, it is especially important to investigate claims involving an intoxicated driver early to identify all potential dram shop defendants, and draft and serve the necessary notices in a timely manner.
Call or email us now, and our lawyers would be happy to talk to you about your Iowa case involving an intoxicated driver and a possible dram shop claim and answer your questions without charge or obligation.