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Who is liable for a drunk driving accident?

Apart from the intoxicated driver that caused the accident, there are multiple parties that may be held responsible for an accident resulting from a drunk driving accident. Dram shop liability means that the institution that served the drunk driver alcohol may be liable for the resulting car crash. Dram shop liability generally applies to establishments that knowingly serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person. In a drunk driving accident, the driver that consumed alcohol before attempting to operate a vehicle will usually be found responsible for an accident and resulting injuries, along with the dram shop if one was involved. If you suffered due to the reckless decisions of a drunk driver, please contact the West Palm Beach drunk driving lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills and other expenses caused by your accident.


9 injured in Riviera Beach school bus accident

At least nine people, including one small child and multiple teens, sustained injuries in a recent school bus accident in Riviera Beach, an article from wpbf.com reported on September 22.

Reports said the collision between a school bus and another vehicle took place at the intersection of Australian Avenue and Blue Heron Boulevard. The bus, containing 55 students going to Inlet Grove High School, reportedly struck a stalled sedan containing an adult and a 4-year-old child. Seven of the students inside the bus and the two occupants of the sedan were hospitalized due to minor injuries. Though district officials confirmed that bus driver, Michel Zamor, was not intoxicated during the crash, they will conduct a follow-up review of the incident. A reckless driving citation was later issued to Zamor.

The attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. in West Palm Beach advocate for people who have been injured in accidents caused by reckless drivers. If this happens to you or to a loved one, we may help you pursue legal claims against negligent parties to possibly get the compensations you need for recovery. Call our office today at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your options.


High rates of vehicle recalls continue

In what would later become a record-setting year for vehicle recalls, the automotive industry recalled over 49 million cars and trucks in just the first seven months of 2014. A year later, the Wall Street Journal reports that more than 34.5 million vehicles have been recalled over just the first seven months of this year. By all indications, the total number of recalls that will eventually be made in 2015 will be second only to last year’s staggering totals.

Though it is difficult to fathom how such an extensive range of vehicles could be made subject to recall over so brief a period of time, these recalls may be more indicative of the comprehensive efforts federal regulators are now taking to identify and resolve safety issues before they cause any further damage. Now that carmakers are under a higher degree of scrutiny, these companies have been more amenable to governmental audits that look into the safety of their products.

This is a significant shift in the way federal regulators operate; in the years leading up to these record-breaking rounds of recalls, regulators typically depended on the automotive industry to report safety defects and initiate recalls. While the more proactive stance will likely help to improve vehicle safety in our country, serious manufacturing and design defects are likely to continue to be recalled in the foreseeable future.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident that was caused by a defect, you should speak with one of the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. to begin assessing what legal claim you have to compensation. To speak with an attorney in West Palm Beach about the particulars of your accident, please call our West Palm Beach offices at (561) 689-8180 today.

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