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Dram Shop Liability Claims | Third Party Liability in Drunk Driving Accidents

Proven New Mexico Personal Injury Attorney

It happens way too often—a bar, restaurant or other establishment serves alcohol to someone who’s clearly impaired, that person gets behind the wheel and causes an accident. In New Mexico, all too often, that person has been cited for drunk driving before. If you or someone you love has been injured in New Mexico by a drunk driver, you may be able to pursue damages against the individual or business that served or sold the alcohol, under what’s known as a “dram shop” law. Buchanan Law can help.

At Buchanan Law Firm, LLC we have more than 20 years of experience aggressively protecting the rights of her clients. Our principal office is in Albuquerque and we have meeting space in Santa Fe, but we can set up a face-to-face meeting anywhere in the state. Attorney Deena Buchanan has successfully handled cases in more than 20 states, but we focus our advocacy on disputes arising in New Mexico. We have a thorough knowledge of the laws and courts in New Mexico, as well as the ways our judges often try personal injury cases here.

Deena offers experience you won’t find with many personal injury lawyers. First, she’s suffered a personal injury herself, so she knows the ways it can change your life, both instantly and permanently. She’s also served as a defense attorney in personal injury litigation, so she knows how insurance companies respond to personal injury lawsuits. She’s an experienced trial lawyer who has litigated high-dollar personal injury claims. She’s respected by clients, colleagues and judges for her calm demeanor throughout a personal injury claim.

At Buchanan Law Firm, LLC we understand that every case is unique. We’ll listen carefully to discern the specific facts of your case, as well as your goals, so that we can take the right steps to get the outcome you want.  Call our offices at 505-900-3559 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Our Representation in Drunk Driving Claims

In New Mexico, a licensed alcohol vendor (that can include a package liquor stores or places that sell alcohol by the glass) may be liable for injuries caused by someone the vendor served if:

  • It was reasonably apparent that the person was intoxicated when they were served, or
  • The vendor knew that the person purchasing or consuming the alcohol was under the influence

Often times, the over-service of alcohol is due to improper training and supervision by the restaurant or bar owners and managers.  There are many precautions that alcohol servers can take, as well as low-cost training, that can save lives.

If you have been hurt in any type if accident involving a person who was impaired by alcohol at the time of the accident, you may have a dram shop claim. We will fully investigate the facts and circumstances of your case, interviewing all potential witnesses to determine whether the provisions of New Mexico’s dram shop law apply. We’ll collect, assess and preserve all evidence to support your claim, and prepare and file all pleadings to help you seek full and fair compensation for your losses. We’ll also be your voice in all hearings, meetings or proceedings.

Attorney Buchanan will help you seek damages for all your losses, including lost earnings, medical bills, physical pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life. We handle claims involving any type of injury, from sprains, strains and soft-tissue trauma to serious and catastrophic loss, including wrongful death.

Contact Buchanan Law Firm, LLC for Experienced Personal Injury Advocacy

Let Buchanan Law Firm, LLC fight for you when you’ve been hurt by a drunk driver. To arrange a free initial consultation, contact us online or call our office at 505-900-3559. We can meet with you evenings or weekends, if necessary.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation with my team. We fight for our clients throughout New Mexico from our Albuquerque office.

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We litigate all dram shop claims on a contingent fee basis. You won’t incur any attorney fees unless we get compensation for your injuries.

My Promise to You

We Prepare Each Case for Trial

We prep every case as if it will be going to trial. There is no better way to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve than to be ready to fight for you and exhaust all legal remedies. Some firms shy away from trial, we embrace it.

This is a Team Effort

We recognize that every legal matter is different. We’ll listen carefully to learn the details of your situation, as well as your goals. We’ll keep you involved and informed at all times, making certain you know where you stand, what your options are, and your likelihood of success.

We Will Be Straight With You

Whether it is about the value of your case, or how good or bad the evidence is, we will tell it to you straight. We want to help you make the best decisions about your case by giving you the information you need.

Notable Case Results

We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients.

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We understand that serious injuries do not happen only during normal business hours which is why we are always available to help if you have been injured. Our team is available around the clock to take your call and provide the support that you need.