Hold All Responsible Parties Accountable following a Drunk Driving Accident

Because you or a loved one can suffer devastating, life-altering injuries as a result of a drunk driving accident, you need a lawyer who can help you recover compensation from all parties responsible. In the state of California, dram shop liability allows families to hold a bartender, restaurant, or another party accountable if they served alcohol to a minor who was obviously intoxicated, and later caused an accident. 

Scott Sumner is a personal injury lawyer serving Walnut Creek, CA, and the surrounding areas. He has helped many victims achieve favorable outcomes for themselves and their families. We offer free consultations for victims. Simply call our firm at (925) 278-6170 or schedule an appointment online

What is Dram Shop Liability? 

In most of the country, dram shop liability can apply to those who serve alcohol to any obviously intoxicated person who later causes an accident. It allows the victim to seek damages from a third-party who indirectly caused the injury. These parties can include: 

  • Taverns 
  • Restaurants 
  • Bars 
  • Social hosts at parties or gatherings 
  • Private persons who serve alcohol 

These parties are responsible for refusing to serve alcohol to patrons who are already visibly intoxicated.

However, California state law limits the liability that can be attributed to third parties. Statewide, dram shop liability only applies to those who serve alcohol to a minor who is obviously intoxicated. 

Because California has unique laws and exceptions about who can be held liable for a drunk driving accident, you need a lawyer who can help you build a strong case and pursue the maximum compensation.

A Lawyer's Role in Establishing Dram Shop Liability 

A lawyer can help you and your family prove that a bar or other establishment was responsible for serving alcohol to an intoxicated minor. Depending on the nature of your case and the extent of your injuries, these parties could be responsible for paying damages such as: 

  • Medical expenses 
  • Current and future loss of wages 
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation 
  • Pain and suffering caused by the injury 
  • Loss of consortium and pecuniary losses if wrongful death has occurred

Extending liability to all potentially responsible parties can help ensure that your family is compensated fully and fairly. It can also serve a punitive purpose, meaning it can help the party who served the alcohol to avoid making the same mistake in the future and endangering the lives of others.

Speak to a Lawyer About Your Case 

Because California has unique laws and exceptions about who can be held liable in a drunk driving accident, you need a lawyer who can help you build a strong case and pursue the maximum compensation. Mr. Sumner has helped clients throughout the state recover millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries. For more information about dram shop liability or to discuss your case with a legal professional, contact our firm online or call us at (925) 278-6170. We offer free case reviews and only collect fees if we secure a settlement or jury award on your behalf.