Does New Jersey Have Dram Shop Laws? | What to Know

If you are injured by a drunk driver in New Jersey, there are a number of parties you may be able to hold responsible. In some cases, you can take legal action against the driver, as well as the establishment that overserved the driver. Dram shop laws allow you to pursue action against an establishment. Read on to learn more about dram shop laws in New Jersey.

Does New Jersey have dram shop laws?

Many states, including New Jersey, have put a dram shop law in place to protect victims of drunk driving. Dram shop laws allow those injured in drunk driving accidents to sue third-party establishments or vendors and hold them responsible for their role in the accident. In New Jersey, the dram shop laws state that vendors are banned from selling alcohol to individuals either under the age of 21 or those who are “visibly intoxicated.” Visible intoxication can involve slurred speech, glassy or bloodshot eyes, difficulty finishing sentences, incoherent speech, stumbling, falling, impaired fine motor skills, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. An accident can lead to lost wages, exorbitant medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline refers to a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will typically mean forfeiting your right to pursue legal action. To avoid missing any important deadlines, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.

Fulfilling the burden of proof:

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that the driver and/or the establishment acted negligently, leading to your accident. As a result, it is important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. You should also call 911 and seek medical attention. This can ensure that you and others on the road are kept safe while also providing you with important documentation.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need a dedicated attorney to fight for you. Our firm will advocate for you every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss your case.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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