Under United States law, individuals are not the only ones liable for their actions. Dram shop liability laws dictate that a party injured by an intoxicated person can sue establishments contributing to that person’s intoxication. What this means is that if a drunk driver leaves a bar, wrecks into an oncoming car, and kills the other driver, the bar can be held partially responsible and also sued for wrongful death.
The dram shop laws of many states also cover serving alcohol to a minor. For example, in Texas a minor can sue a drinking establishment for their own injuries sustained while intoxicated if that establishment served them alcohol. This is regardless of whether or not the establishment was aware that they were serving alcohol to a minor.
It is illegal for a drinking establishment to continue to serve alcohol to a known alcoholic. Along similar lines, dram shop laws allow families of alcoholics to sue the bar that allowed him or her to waste the family’s savings on drinking alcohol.
If you or someone you know has suffered injury or death from an accident involving a person whose intoxication was contributed to by an establishment, you have the right to seek damages from the establishment for losses you incurred.
Contact the Racine dram shop liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800.682.3434 for a free initial consultation. We are experienced in personal injury law and prepared to protect you.