Can I sue a bar for serving me (underage) alcohol and afterwards getting into a car accident?

Asked about 3 years ago - Newark, NJ

I was involved in a very bad car accident due to the bar serving me alcohol to the point were i do not even remember leaving the establishment. The outcome of the car accident was that i was left on critical condition for few days, received surgeries, and i'm still not able to function as i used to. And if I can how long do I have?

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  1. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Yes, check the dram shop law in your state and you will see.

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  2. Peter Joseph Lamont

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    Answered . Generally, no. This is because you knew that you were underage. The only way that there could be a claim is if they knew how drunk you were, regardless of your age, and kept serving you.



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  3. Yolanda Navarrete

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    Answered . I believe you may be able to. A new case ruled on a similar issue. The fact that you are a minor protects you further.

    The responses to questions here are not legal advice, as the facts are very limited.
  4. Andrew S Blumer

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    Answered . The short answer, in my evaluation, is that you may pursue a suit against the Bar. The test is essentially whether or not you were visibly intoxicated and they continued to serve you. There are more things to consider than just that alone, but this establishment may be lax in their enforcement of serving alcohol based on your fact pattern.

    You have 2 years from the date of the incident. If you are a minor, then you have 2 years from your 18th birthday to pursue this, though if you wish to, you should move on this immediately and preserve evidence.

    My practice is statewide. I am civil and criminal trial lawyer. Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss legal representation @ 732.303.6430.

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  5. Daniel Paul Buttafuoco

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    Answered . I agree with the other attorney.

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