Dram Shop Liability
The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol are widely known. Even with extensive laws to prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel when under the influence of alcohol, there are still too many people that drive drunk. The NHTSA estimates that 29 lives are taken every day by alcohol-impaired vehicle accidents. Not only are the drivers responsible, the businesses (dram shops) that served them alcohol can also be liable for causing these negligent car accidents in Atlanta.
In Georgia, dram shops that serve or sell alcohol to someone that is intoxicated or under age can be considered a negligent party if the intoxicated/minor person causes an injury accident. Both the driver and dram shop may be held responsible for contributing to the accident. Legally, they may be required to pay the victim to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses caused by the injury accident. The law firm of Dwayne L. Brown handles dram shop liability claims for our clients that have been injured in an alcohol-related auto accident.
When is a Dram Shop Liable for Injury Auto Accidents?
It is an unfortunate fact that many drivers who choose to drink then drive cause accidents. Another unfortunate fact is that many of these drivers do not have insurance or the financial means to pay for the injuries they cause if they get in an accident. However, if they were sold alcohol when they were already intoxicated, the bar or liquor store may share in the liability for the accident.
The law in Georgia is specific when it comes to dram shop liability. It is not only serving a person who is intoxicated. The bar or liquor store must also have reasonable cause to believe the person will soon drive. It is not easy to prove, but through witness testimony, camera evidence and other investigative resources, a dram shop can be held partially liable for injuries caused to others by one of their customers that is responsible for an injury auto accident.
If you were injured by a drunk driver and want to know your options for pursuing compensation, contact the Atlanta office of Dwayne L. Brown today. We offer free consultations and would be happy to discuss your dram shop liability claim.