When The Drunk Driver Is Not The Only Party At Fault
Countless lives are shattered every year when taverns, bars or other establishments overserve alcohol to their customers and then do nothing to make sure those intoxicated patrons don’t get into a car and drive. It is not only unethical to put profit over safety, but it can lead to civil liability for damages when the drunk driver causes an accident and injures others.
The attorneys at Towe & Fitzpatrick, PLLC have successfully handled many cases on behalf of people who have been injured and the families of people who have been killed by overserved customers. We can help you get the compensation you need and the answers you deserve.
Call our office in Missoula at 406-203-5148 for a free initial consultation with a lawyer and statewide representation.
What You Need To Know About Montana’s Dram Shop Laws
Under Montana’s Dram Shop Act, an establishment or person who furnishes a customer with an alcoholic beverage can be held financially liable for injury or death when the consumer is a minor, is visibly intoxicated or is forced, coerced or tricked into drinking alcohol.
There are unusual time limits in liquor liability cases. Under Montana law, a Liquor Liability Dram Shop Act personal injury case may be barred if the establishment or person who furnished alcohol is not given notice of the intent to file a claim within 180 days from the date of sale or service.
There may be ways around this, so if you have a potential case and notice was not given, you should still consult with an attorney at Towe & Fitzpatrick, PLLC.
There is also a shorter two-year statute of limitations for bringing an injury claim under the Liquor Liability Dram Shop Act. Personal injury claims based on negligence or carelessness generally have a three-year statute of limitations.
Do Not Wait To Call, Because Time Is Of The Essence
With strict statutes of limitations and notice requirements in place, it is crucial you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident involving alcohol. We know that it may be difficult to think about litigation after a fatal accident, which is why we will handle the administrative and legal details for you.
Schedule your free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. Call us at 406-203-5148. We will make appointments to meet your convenience, including meeting you at home, in the hospital or on weekends. All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not charge anything unless we recover compensation for you.