According to the Associated Press, a three-vehicle accident caused major traffic delays following a Maroon 5 concert in Atlantic City on August 16.
The news outlet reported that a 27-year-old Little Egg Harbor man ran a red light on Absecon Boulevard, at around 8:30 p.m., crashing into another car and then an SUV. His car then caught fire.
Five people were injured in the crash. The extent of their injuries was not made public. The man who drove through the red light was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breath test, reckless driving and the disregard of a traffic signal.
More than 50,000 people attended the concert, which took place at Atlantic City Beach. Live Nation promoted the show.
Can I Sue a Concert Venue For a Drunk Driving Accident?
Just like casinos have a duty to make sure that they do not overserve alcohol to guests, so do concert venues. Keep in mind, in New Jersey, close to 25 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If a concertgoer is already intoxicated or showing signs of impairment, it is a venue’s duty to make sure that person is not served alcohol, as it could lead to a drunk driving accident.
In New Jersey, there are dram shop laws that allow any person who has been injured by an intoxicated individual to seek damages from a vendor who served the person alcohol. This is in addition to the driver or person who caused the accident. These vendors include bars, restaurants, concert venues, casinos and other establishments that serve alcohol.
To see how our Atlantic City injury attorneys have helped drunk driving victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page. Stay safe this weekend, as there will be increased police patrol for the Labor Day holiday. Make sure you avoid drunk driving.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys