Can I Hold a Bar Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident?

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:00pm by

In previous blogs, we have discussed how bars and casinos can be held liable for overserving alcohol to intoxicated customers, which can lead to drunk driving accidents. Photo of a car accident

There are laws in New Jersey that hold bars, casinos and restaurants liable if they do a poor job monitoring patrons who may already be drunk. Unfortunately, especially in the Atlantic City area, there have been several highly publicized cases where drivers were served alcohol when they should not have been, leading to fatal accidents.

NJ Suspends Point Pleasant Beach Bar’s Liquor License

We bring up this issue because recently we read that the state has suspended the liquor license of one of the most popular beachfront bars along the Jersey Shore following a fatal accident.

According to, Martell’s Tiki Bar has pleaded no contest to charges that it overserved a woman alcohol, leading to a 2013 fatal vehicle accident. The accident involved Ashley Chieco, 26, who was drinking vodka at the bar for several hours before stealing a car out of the parking lot and driving the wrong-way in traffic.

Chieco collided with a car driven by Dana Corrar, of Old Bridge, who was severely injured in the accident. Chieco died in the crash. To settle the charges, Martell’s has agreed to a 30-day liquor license suspension and agreed to a $500,000 fine. The suspension will allegedly take place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 28 this year, after the beach season is over, which has upset victim advocates and Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella.

“This resolution is an absolute disgrace. It is an embarrassment,” Barrella said, according to “What is the price of the dead girl? The fine is nothing more than a slap on the wrist.”

Lawsuits are currently pending surrounding the accident.

Filing a Lawsuit After a Car Accident

As this case shows, bars and casinos must take into account the safety of the public before continuing to serve guests alcohol. While there are no excuses to drive drunk, establishments that fail to take into account the safety of guests and other people should be held liable.

If you are ever injured in a vehicle accident or your loved one has been killed, it may be wise to speak to an attorney. You may be entitled to damages. Keep following our blog or visit us on Facebook for more information.

Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys


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