Dram Shop Laws in Pennsylvania | Here’s What to Know

In the event that an individual gets behind the wheel after drinking, severe accidents may occur. Reach out to our firm today and speak with our dedicated personal injury attorneys if you are in this unfortunate situation.

What are the dram shop laws in Pennsylvania?

A number of states have enacted dram shop laws. Pennsylvania’s dram shop law states that any establishment that serves alcohol to an individual who was visibly intoxicated may be sued if that person then went on to harm someone else or cause an accident due to his or her drunkenness.

What steps should I take if I was injured in a car accident?

If you are hurt in a car accident because of a drunk driver, you should take several steps to bolster the chances of having a successful personal injury claim. The first thing you should do is call 911. The police can dispatch an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and make sure the drunk driver is off the road. If you can, you should take plenty of photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure you document the damage done to all vehicles involved. If anyone saw your accident occur, you should ask them for their contact information, as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Furthermore, it is extremely important that you visit the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will assure that your injuries are properly tended to by a medical professional, while also supplying you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any appropriate medical documents pointing to the severity and origin of your injuries.

How long do I have to file a claim in Pennsylvania?

If you would like to pursue legal action, you must do so within a specific period of time. This is because Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations of two years for most personal injury claims. This means that if you fail to file this claim within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania, reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case and your legal options. Our firm is on your side each step of the way.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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