NJ Supreme Court Rules Person Convicted of DWI can Sue Bar for Own Personal Injuries

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As previously reported, the Appellate Division ruled that a drunk driver who is involved in an accident can sue a tavern, which allegedly over-served him, for personal injuries. At issue in this case is a provision of the New Jersey statute which provides that a driver who is convicted of or pleads guilty to driving while intoxicated in connection with an accident “shall have no cause of action for recovery of economic or non-economic loss sustained as a result of the accident.” The Supreme Court upheld the Appellate Division decision and has ruled that an individual who has been convicted of, or pleads guilty to, driving while intoxicated may file a Dram Shop Claim against a tavern for allegedly over-serving him.

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