When a drunk driver kills or injures other people in a motor vehicle accident, there may be a claim for the over service of alcohol or the negligent service of alcohol to that drunk driver. At the time of the accident, it is important to investigate whether another party can be held responsible for the negligent service of alcohol to that drunk driver. There may be a need to investigate whether the drunk driver consumed alcohol at a restaurant, hotel, bar or tavern. When this occurs, it is necessary to investigate all possible evidence that the drunk driver was negligently served alcohol. Witnesses to the intoxication of the drunk driver at the establishment is critical in order to bring this type of claim. Police officers investigating the drunk driving accident may be helpful; however, in order to properly investigate and prepare this type of claim, it will be necessary to secure all eyewitnesses’ identities and their anticipated testimony as soon as possible. In addition to eyewitness testimony, it may be necessary to engage a liability expert concentrating in toxicology. Often police department videotapes are also helpful in pursuing a claim. It is necessary to look beyond the liability of the drunk driver in order to pursue and to investigate whether the drunk driver consumed alcohol and whether a restaurant, hotel, bar or tavern may be liable.
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