Jensen Beach Drunk Driving Accident
If you get hurt in a collision with an impaired motorist, it is reasonable to assume that he or she will be liable for 100 percent of the damages that result. Depending on the circumstances, though, there may be other parties who are considered legally responsible for the crash, as well.
Florida is one of 42 states that has dram shop laws. These laws impose liability on individuals and establishments that provide or sell alcohol in certain scenarios. The dram shop law in Florida is fairly limited in both its scope and application, but it is still possible to sue bars, restaurants, and even social hosts for damages incurred in a drunk driving accident.
If you sustained serious injuries in a collision with an impaired motorist, contact the Jensen Beach drunk driving accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston. We will review the details of your case to determine who may be liable and then help you gather the evidence needed to prove both fault and damages. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our strategic personal injury attorneys.How Could Florida’s Dram Shop Laws Affect an Accident Claim?
Florida’s dram shop laws could apply to your personal injury claim if the motorist who caused the accident was younger than 21 or suffered from alcoholism. Pursuant to Florida Statutes section 768.125, third-party individuals and establishments can be liable for damages that result from intoxication if they willfully and unlawfully sell or furnish alcohol to someone who is younger than 21 or if they knowingly serve someone who is habitually addicted to alcohol.
In cases involving impaired motorists who are underage, strict liability applies to the party who served the driver prior to the accident. That means the bar, restaurant, or social host is responsible for any damages regardless of whether they knew the individual was under the legal drinking age.
Additionally, when patrons have a known history of alcoholism, the court considers serving them a scenario that poses a “foreseeable risk of injury” because of their inability to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol. Therefore, business owners who serve them can face serious civil repercussions and potential criminal penalties.
Likewise, if parents or older siblings provide alcohol for teens hosting a party at home, they can face criminal charges in addition to the financial ramifications if one of the teens causes a drunk driving accident after leaving the premises. Potential penalties include fines, jail time, and a license suspension or revocation.Call 772-266-5555 to Speak with a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Jensen Beach Today!
If you were hurt in a collision with an intoxicated motorist, turn to the drunk driving accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston to determine if you have grounds for a claim against the establishment that served the liable party prior to the crash. Our compassionate legal team is committed to helping people put their lives back together after suffering serious trauma. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation in Jensen Beach.