Baltimore Car Accident Lawyer at Gilman & Bedigian Comments on Proposal to Sue Bars and Restaurants for Drunk Driving Deaths and Injuries

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Baltimore personal injury attorney H. Briggs Bedigian, of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, says establishments that over-serve people alcohol should be held accountable when their inebriated patrons cause serious accidents.

In many of these tragic cases, the drunk driver was over-served by a bar or restaurant. Those establishments need to be held accountable.

Baltimore personal injury attorney H. Briggs Bedigian, of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, today said a pending court case examining the responsibility of bars and restaurants in alcohol-related injuries could have a profound impact on injury victims, particularly those hurt by drunk drivers.

The state Court of Appeals is considering whether to allow victims of drunk driving accidents and their families to sue bars and restaurants if their intoxicated patrons cause death or injuries, according to the Baltimore Sun on March 11. The case is Warr v. JMGM Group, LLC, 50 A. 3d 606, Court of Appeals of Maryland.

“A drunk driver who injures or kills someone in Maryland may not be the only individual responsible,” said Bedigian, a drunk driving accident attorney in Baltimore. “In many of these tragic cases, the drunk driver was over-served by a bar or restaurant. Those establishments need to be held accountable. Maryland, however, does not hold bars and restaurants responsible for customers who consume alcohol and cause an injury to another person. As advocates for injury victims, we will be closely watching the case before the Court of Appeals. The decision could be a game-changer.”

The court case was sparked by a fatal drunk driving accident on Aug. 21, 2008, according to the Sun. A man caused an accident involving the death of a 10-year-old child 45 minutes after he had run up a tab for 17 beers and other drinks, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The outcome of the Appeals Court case could change the law and allow injury victims and their families to file lawsuits against bars and restaurants throughout Maryland, the Sun reported.

Nationwide, 36 states and Washington, D.C. allow lawsuits against bars and restaurants when inebriated patrons cause injury or deaths, the Baltimore Sun reported.

“As trial attorneys in Maryland, we know how devastating it is for families to lose loved ones in drunk driving accidents,” Bedigian said. “We fight aggressively to hold drivers accountable for their reckless actions. We hope that the court does the right thing and allows us to make sure the bars and restaurants are also held accountable for their negligence.”

About Gilman & Bedigian, LLC
Based in Baltimore, Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, has a reputation for being a hard-working personal injury law firm that delivers results. Trial lawyers Charles A. Gilman and H. Briggs Bedigian handle a wide range of cases, including birth injuries, medical malpractice, car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, drowning and pool accidents, business disputes and other personal injury cases. The firm represents clients throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and New York.

For more information about what to do after a drunk driving accident and the legal options available to families in Maryland, call (800) 201-7171 or complete the online contact form.

Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, is located at World Trade Center, 401 East Pratt St., Suite 1321, Baltimore, MD 21202.

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