Drunk Driving

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New Technology In The Works For Preventing Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving is an ongoing issue in many states throughout the U.S. Due to the slowed reflexes, impaired judgment and other effects that alcohol intoxication can cause, there are a significant number of motor vehicle...more

California DMV Hearing

When you are arrested for a DUI, you face both an administrative suspension action from DMV and a separate criminal case. Each matter is heard independently in separate proceedings with their own sets of rules and procedures....more

Summary of California Ignition Interlock Device laws enacted in 2010

On July 1st, 2010, the California legislature implemented an ignition interlock device or IID pilot program to run through December 31st, 2015. The new legislation required all individuals convicted of 1st or repeat offense...more

How a DUI Charge Can Become a Murder Case

A fatal accident in Santa Barbara in 2012 provides ample evidence of how a case of driving under the influence (DUI) can escalate vehicular manslaughter to a second-degree murder charge. In that incident, two women...more

What Are Effective DUI Defense Legal Strategies?

It would be a mistake to think that average people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) receive the same treatment as troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. Count that as a good thing, because even though it might seem as...more

Liquor Stores Held Liable To Victims Of Drunk Drivers

Washington has a dram shop statute that states, "[n]o person shall sell liquor to any person apparently under the influence of liquor." Statutory violations are "punishable by a fine of not more than $500 as well as separate...more

New Evaluations Raise Questions About DUI Test Accuracy

The Intoxilyzer 8000’s moniker makes it sound like a futuristic robot from a big-budget science fiction thriller. In reality, the machine is a small, mobile infrared spectrometry breath-testing device used to determine if...more

Eight Tips for a Problem-Free Office Holiday Celebration

‘Tis the season for office holiday parties which, unfortunately, are often fraught with labor and employment issues. A wild office party akin to a “Mad Men”-esque soirée may have unfortunate legal consequences for an employer...more

Employment Law 101: Holiday Parties

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff. What are the legal issues: Holiday parties...more

Spiked Egg Nog and the Human Response: Avoiding Holiday Party Mishaps

Like festive lights and bow-wrapped luxury cars, ‘tis the season for horror stories from company holiday parties. Office holiday parties are a cherished tradition and a nice way for companies to thank their employees for a...more

Serving Alcohol At Your Holiday Party

We here at the McNees Wallace & Nurick Labor and Employment Law Group have been busy preparing for the holiday season. While holiday parties can be great fun, hosting a holiday party or placing holiday decorations in...more

Week in Review - December 12, 2013

Your company holiday party can be added to the list of things impacted by technology. In addition to the risk of alcohol-induced harassment, injuries, or property damage, employers should be mindful that technology and mobile...more

Walking in a Winter Litigation Wonderland: Top Employment Mistakes to Avoid at Your Company Holiday Party

As 2013 draws to a close, attentions turn to the festivities and merriment of the holiday season, and many employers gear up for office holiday parties. A holiday party is a great way to reward employees for a long year’s...more

Employment Law Advisory: Company-Sponsored Holiday Celebrations: Avoid the Obvious Risks

As the holiday season reaches its peak, company-sponsored holiday parties, and the risks that arise with them, are ubiquitous. Each year, company-sponsored holiday parties result in incidents that prompt claims against the...more

What Can I Recover If I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver?

Drunk driving can be a costly mistake for any perpetrator, including celebrities. Take former Fox 5 broadcast anchor Amanda Davis, whose DUI in November ruined her career. Atlanta police arrested Davis on November 11 for DUI,...more

How Can You Receive Justice for Injuries Caused by a Drunk Driver?

A woman was recently killed at World Center Drive after the car she was in was rear-ended by a drunk driver. The 20-year-old drunk driver slammed into the back of the car, killing her and critically injuring the car’s driver....more

Suing A Bar For Personal Injuries Caused By A “Visibly Intoxicated” Person: Sometimes Circumstantial Evidence Can Be Enough

Many people have seen it happen before: you are at a bar enjoying a cold one, someone stumbles up to the bar and orders another drink, and you think, "Geez, how in the world is that person in any condition to have another...more

Fighting For Compensation In Drunk Driving Accident Cases

Law enforcement may not always be successful in bringing criminal charges against a drunk driver for an accident. However, any indication of drug or alcohol use while driving points to negligence in a civil case. A lack of...more

Maryland’s Highest Court Continues to Nix Tavern Owners’ Liability for Off-premises Acts by Intoxicated Patrons.

For the time being, Maryland remains among the states that refuse to impose liability on tavern owners for injuries caused by intoxicated patrons after they leave the premises. ...more

Drunk Drivers Still Harm Thousands Each Year - Protect Your Family With An Attorney

Did you know that in 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that one person dies every 51 minutes from alcohol-impaired driving crashes; resulting in the deaths of more than 10,000 people a year and...more

Insurance Agent Dropped the Ball? You May Have a Claim

In 2001 the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in Webb v. Gittlen that a claim can be assigned to a third party if a case involves insurance company negligence. In this particular instance, a liquor store sold a keg of beer to a...more

Weekly Law Resume - June 20, 2013: Strict Interpretation: Declining To Extend Liability Under Civil Code Section 1714

Adam Rybicki, et al. v. Ashley Carlson, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 22, 2013)- California Civil Code section 1714 immunizes from civil liability an individual who provides alcohol to...more

Dram Shop, Social Host, and the Intoxicated Person’s Liability

With the advent of summer in full swing, you may be hosting several parties. If you host a party and serve alcohol, you become potentially liable for the actions of your guests if they become intoxicated and cause injuries to...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Interplay Between Dram Shop Act and Insurance Guaranty Fund Act

In the final days of the Illinois Supreme Court's recently concluded May term, the Court allowed petitions for leave to appeal in five new civil cases. Today, we begin our detailed previews of those cases, discussing the...more

DUI Defense Can Rest On Maligned Machinery

The terms DUI, OVI, DWI, – however you spell it, drunk driving can mean big trouble in Ohio. ...more

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