What You Need to Know About Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop Law

This Thanksgiving Weekend, the unfortunate reality is that there will be more drunk drivers on the road than normal. If you are injured in a car accident by a drunk driver, you will most likely require financial compensation to heal. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about Pennsylvania’s dram shop laws and how our firm can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I am injured in a car accident?

The first thing you should do after a car accident is the police. You should then ask the other driver for his or her insurance information. Keep in mind that if the driver is intoxicated, he or she may pose a physical threat, so it is critical that you gauge the situation and determine whether it is simply best to wait in your car until the police arrive at the scene. You should also take pictures of the scene of the accident and any injuries you sustained in the accident and ask any witnesses for their contact information. Finally, you should hire an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can gather all additional information needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, including breathalyzer tests, information regarding whether a third party can be held liable under Pennsylvania’s dram shop law, and more.

What is Pennsylvania’s dram shop law?

Most states have a dram shop law in place. Essentially, 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. Our firm is here to help you through every step of the process ahead so we can hold both the careless individual and the establishment that served the person responsible for their actions.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, which means that in most cases, you will have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait any longer than two years, there is a very good chance that you will be permanently barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help you today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.


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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