Dram shop is the United States legal term referring to a bar, tavern, or the like where alcoholic beverages are sold. Dram shop liability refers to the body of law governing the liability of establishments such as bar, liquor stores, and other commercial establishments that serve alcohol. It establishes the liability of bars and other places that arise out of the sale of alcohol to visibly intoxicated person or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties.
If a person is injured by a drunk driver, they can sue the bar where the drunk driver had been drinking before the accident occurred. Basically, an establishment becomes liable for the actions of its patrons if it serves than alcohol to a point that they became dangerously intoxicated and injure a third party.
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 Kenosha dram shop liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700 for a free initial consultation. We are experienced in personal injury law and prepared to protect you.