The damage and tragedy caused by drunk driving is unquestionable. Drunk drivers have taken innocent lives and caused catastrophic injuries. Many people do not know that the bar or other establishment where those drivers were served alcohol can also be held accountable for damages.
A bar or tavern can be held responsible under the State’s “dram shop” laws, which prohibit the sale of alcohol:
Employees of any establishment with a liquor license are required to notice whether their customers are intoxicated, and once they have identified that a customer is intoxicated, they cannot serve them any additional liquor. This seems fairly straightforward; however, a drunk driving injury victim and their family face a significant legal challenge in attempting to prove liability.
A successful “dram shop” case requires prompt preservation of evidence, including witness interviews. Victims in such a case need the help and resources of a strong and experienced legal team. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as a result of drunk driving, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., have the knowledge and skill to argue an effective case designed with the interests of you and your family in mind. Bar owners and operators have a duty to serve customers responsibly – our attorneys will help hold them accountable and protect your rights.
If you believe you have a bar/tavern liability claim, call the trial lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., now at 866-454-RHHK (7445) or click here to submit a free case review. Let our experience work for you. Our initial consultation is free of charge and if we accept your case, we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.
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