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Is There an Increased Risk for Car Accidents During the Holiday Season?

Your chances of getting into a car accident increase during certain periods of time during the day, the week, and the year. Driving during periods of heavy road congestion (rush hour), inclement weather, or late-night hours can result in a serious car accident. Drunk driving adds to these risks during the holidays. In fact, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive. Why Do Car Accidents Increase During the Holiday Period? There are more people on the road traveling to visit family and friends for holiday celebrations. Holiday parties and gatherings also result in a sharp increase in drunk drivers. Fatalities resulting from accidents with alcohol-impaired drivers have become extremely predictable between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. More than 40 percent of the car accident fatalities on Christmas and New Year’s involved alcohol, according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and…
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When are New Jersey Businesses Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents?

Drunk drivers kill an average of 10,000 or more people in the US each year. Some of these fatal car accidents occur because businesses overserve patrons who are already intoxicated. Like many other states, New Jersey has what are called “dram shop laws.” These are laws that can make a business liable for continuing to serve patrons who are intoxicated. New Jersey businesses may be liable for drunk driving accidents if: The individual who was served alcohol was visibly intoxicated. The business knew or should have known the person they were serving alcohol was under 21 years old. We recently obtained an $875,000 settlement against a New Jersey business in a classic dram shop case. In this instance, we conducted a thorough investigation to determine the drunk driver’s impairment before he injured our client. You can read more about this case by continuing to explore our website. What About Social…
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$875,000 Settlement Against a Bar and Drunk Driver Resulting in Severe Spinal Injury

Targan & Pender obtained an $875,000.00 Atlantic County settlement against a bar and drunk driver. This was a “Dram Shop” case brought against an Atlantic County bar for serving a patron while he was visibly intoxicated. When the patron showed up at the bar, his blood alcohol level was already twice the legal limit. He should have never been served alcohol in that condition. Immediately, our firm began investigative efforts including sending a Notice to Preserve all Video to the bar in question. The review of that video proved that the drunk driver was served at the bar while he exhibited signs of visible intoxication, including swaying, blood shot eyes, and a disheveled appearance. The video also showed that the bartender served this individual two full pitchers of beer, ignoring the signs of intoxication. Closer review of the surveillance video showed that the bartender himself was drinking shots with other…
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