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Dram Shop Liability Act

Every day there are people seriously injured or killed in auto accidents involving drunk drivers.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation report revealed that more than 1.41 million people were arrested in a given year for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. What's worse, it a third of all drivers arrested had prior drunken driving convictions.

Many states hold commercial vendors of alcohol, such as a bar, restaurant or other retail establishment liable for damages to the victim of a drunk driver. This is referred to as 'dram shop liability'.

Dram Shop Rule:

n. a statute (Dram Shop Act) or case law in 38 states which makes a business which sells alcoholic drinks or a host who serves liquor to a drinker who is obviously intoxicated or close to it, strictly liable to anyone injured by the drunken patron or guest. To the contrary, California recently passed legislation specifically banning such strict liability. It is often hard to prove that the liquor bought or served was the specific cause of an accident (such as an automobile crash while driving home), since there is always an intervening cause, namely, the drunk.

Under California Dram Shop liability laws, "If a driver was served too much alcohol at a bar, restaurant or private party, then caused a DUI accident that injured or killed someone, the business establishment or social host can be held liable for compensating the victims".

Are you or a family member the victim of a drunk driver who went bar-hopping before driving intoxicated? You may have the right to sue the bar under the 'dram shop' laws.

When you work with the San Bernardino and Riverside county attorneys of Peach & Weathers Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers, you will be working with dedicated personal injury attorneys who always have your best interests in mind. We recognize that these issues need to be resolved quickly, which is why we aim to efficiently settle your case in a timely manner.

Consult one of our attorneys and learn about your options and rights. Our attorneys have been helping people injured in serious auto accidents for many years. We have the resources and knowledge to get the compensation you need for your injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income.

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