Dram shop laws are meant to put some of the responsibility for damages caused by an intoxicated person on the establishment that served the drinks. The law says that alcohol is not to be served to an already intoxicated person. But if this happens and the drunk driver then causes an accident, the victim in this accident can file a personal injury lawsuit not just against the drunk driver, but also the establishment where the drinks were bought.
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The law varies by state, but the plaintiff must generally be able to prove the list of issues outlined below:
Some of these points are usually not contested, such as sale of alcohol to the driver in question or proof that it was a DUI accident. But whether the establishment knew the driver was previously intoxicated and that he was driving a motor vehicle are both debatable aspects. The staff member who took the order could claim not to have any knowledge of both aspects.
Selling alcohol to minors is illegal in all 50 states. In some states, the family of the teen who bought the drinks and caused an accident can sue the establishment for damages and personal injury.
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