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Dram Shop Liability Laws

If you have lost a family member to an alcohol related automobile accident, you likely are dealing with incredible amounts of pain, grief, and anger. While there is no amount of compensation that can replace your lost family member or loved one, you will likely want to see the person or people responsible for your loved one’s unnecessary death brought to justice.

While everyone is aware that the driver who caused a drunk driving accident can be held responsible for his or her actions, far fewer people are familiar with dram shop liability laws. These laws help the surviving loved ones of drunk driving accident victims hold the establishments that supplied the drunk driver with alcohol responsible, as well, for the accident in question.

For example, if a man spent hours drinking in a bar, was repeatedly provided more alcohol by the establishment, and later caused a drunk driving accident that killed another driver, the other driver’s family could claim damages from the bar for helping create this dangerous and deadly situation.

In order for dram shop liability charges to be valid, the prosecutors must be able to show that the establishment in question provided additional alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person, or to someone who had a history of alcohol abuse in that particular establishment. If a stranger wanders into a bar completely sober, has one drink, and then causes a deadly accident, the bar cannot be found liable under dram shop liability laws.

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If you have lost a family member or loved one in an alcohol related accident, contact Jacksonville personal injury attorney Don Guthrie today at 904-296-1088.

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