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Holding drunken drivers accountable

A half-hour southwest of Pittsburgh, a couple has filed a lawsuit against a Canonsburg fraternal club, claiming that the club served alcohol to an intoxicated local woman. The 43-year-old suburban woman is accused of slamming her car into the back of the couple's pick-up truck stopped at an intersection.

The woman in the pick-up suffered head trauma and a knee injury, while her husband sustained neck and back injuries.

The couple claims the visibly intoxicated woman was served drinks at Canon Lodge 186 of the Improved, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World before the December 2013 crash. When a local newspaper tried to contact the organization, it got a recording saying the phone was disconnected. The club's Facebook page says the spot might be permanently closed.

The driver last year pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. She was sentenced to alcohol monitoring, had to attend safety school, pay a fine of $1,500 and so on.

What legal options do you have when a club shuts down as it faces a civil suit claiming its employees unlawfully served alcohol to an intoxicated person who later caused injuries in a car accident? An attorney experienced in dram shop liability laws examines the facts in your case and helps you hold accountable all of those responsible for the damages you have suffered.

The Law Office of Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. has been protecting the rights of the injured for more than 20 years. Please see our Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers page for more information about how we serve western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

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