Applying aggressive and creative approaches to investigation and discovery in a dram shop case can make all the difference in securing a full measure of justice for victims of a drunk driving collision. Still, the process can be challenging, and a discovery misstep in dram shop litigation can mean the end of a case. It’s essential you have an experienced legal team on your side.
In the latest issue of Trial Magazine, Yarborough Applegate’s own David Yarborough, David Lail, and Liam Duffy detail ways our team has hit the ground running and mined for evidence while working up dram shop cases. Published monthly by the American Association for Justice, Trial Magazine is a thought leadership publication for trial lawyers with national circulation of more than 23,000 readers.
Because key witnesses in a drunk driving crash—the client, the drunk driver, vehicle passengers—may be deceased or incapacitated, other sources of intel are often critical, our attorneys write. They start with the collision report, private investigators, and local law enforcement, to name a few. But knowing that standard discovery requests won’t sufficiently cover what’s needed to prove a dram shop case, our work doesn’t end there. We scour receipts and point of sale data, training and personnel files, and even social media for information about the date in question and evidence of alcohol over-service being a pattern of an establishment.
At Yarborough Applegate, we stand for victims of drunk driving. It’s why we’re passionate about our dram shop litigation practice area, and have dedicated time and resources to educating others about the dangers of alcohol over-service through our published dram shop litigation practice guide and articles like this one. In practice, it means securing top-dollar verdicts and settlements for victims and seeking to make businesses and roadways safer in South Carolina Our team has recovered more than $30 million for victims of drunk driving and their families in recent years.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact us today to learn more about your options.