Drunk Driving Accidents
At the Greensburg law firm of QuatriniRafferty, our lawyers fight to protect the rights and interests of families and individuals in Western Pennsylvania who have been the victims of someone else’s drunk driving. We are very thorough in our accident investigations and highly skilled at litigating these cases before juries.
In the state of Pennsylvania:
- A person in excess of the maximum blood alcohol content limit is automatically considered to be negligent and liable.
- Damages for pain and suffering may be sought regardless of your insurance choice.
- Punitive damages can be awarded by juries in these cases.
- Bars, restaurants, or other parties may be held liable.
- In cases of death, vehicular manslaughter and other charges may be filed.
Vehicular Manslaughter Lawsuits
Sometimes there are third parties responsible in these cases. Individuals and establishments that serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons can also be found liable under Pennsylvania “dram shop” statutes.
Generally, a lawsuit in these cases is difficult to pursue because proof of the individual’s intoxication is required. But whenever possible, we will explore this avenue of investigation to see if these legal actions are available to you.
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Contact an experienced Pennsylvania drunk driving accident attorney at QuatriniRafferty today.
Quatrini Rafferty represented the estates of two young parents who were traveling on State Route 422 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, on a Sunday evening when a drunk driver traveling the opposite direction crossed the center line and collided head-on with their vehicle. The drunk driver survived, but both of his victims were pronounced dead at the scene. They left behind a son and other family members devastated by this tragic, but preventable accident. The drunk driver was sentenced to a multiple-year prison term. Our office represented the estates of the husband and wife in a lawsuit filed in Indiana County for the benefit of their son. As a result of the civil action, we were able to reach a settlement short of trial for the policy limits available to the drunk driver as well as all underinsured motorist coverage available to the family vehicle involved in the accident. Our firm also assisted the family in applying for benefits through the Victims Compensation Assistance Program and in seeking restitution from the drunk driver through the criminal proceeding.