October 3, 2023

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Commercial Liability for Drunk Driving

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Commercial Liability for Drunk Driving

If a drunk driver gets into an accident and injuries him or herself or other individuals, the business that sold the person alcohol could be liable in certain situations. For example, third parties who were injured by the intoxicated driver in an accident could collect on the vendor under certain circumstances. In order to successfully sue a commercial vendor, the party suing will often have to show that the act of serving alcohol was a “proximate cause” of the person’s injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured and you suspect that a commercial business owner or employee may be at fault, speak with an experienced attorney about your case and your legal options. You should not have to suffer when another person or company may have been negligent.

Business Liability for Drunk Driving Accidents

In many states in America, a business could be held responsible for drunk driving injuries in certain situations. These include:

  • Alcoholic beverages were served to a minor
  • The bartender recklessly served alcohol to the customer, such as when he or she was clearly intoxicated
  • The business served alcohol without possessing a liquor license
  • The business sold alcohol after closing time

If a minor was given or served alcohol by bar staff, the “burden of proof” standard is much lower than in other cases. However, proving that a bartender or waiter should have noticed a customer’s level of intoxication is not set in stone. Speak with an attorney about your specific case to find out if a business is responsible for your drunk driving injuries.

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