Dram Shop Liability
During the temperance movement of the 19th century, the federal government enacted Dram Shop Laws, which hold businesses and establishments that distribute alcoholic beverages accountable for their actions. Under these laws, serving alcohol to minors or persons who are visibly intoxicated is illegal. In the event of an accident resulting from a person’s drunkenness, the establishment may be liable for damages.
If you or someone you know has been injured because of a drunk driver, you may be able to seek compensation from the person or establishment that served the alcohol. Contact the Oklahoma dram shop lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at 405-239-7046 to discuss the details of your case.
Serving Alcohol to Minors
Serving alcohol to a minor, or anyone under 21, is illegal in all 50 states. In order to encourage establishments to abide by this law, dram shop laws allow minors to sue the establishment that served them alcohol for any injuries resulting from their drunkenness. For example, if a minor drinks at a bar and trips and falls on their walk home, they may be able to hold the bar liable for their medical expenses.
Establishments are expected to serve alcohol responsibly, and are therefore prohibited from serving persons who are visibly intoxicated. If a person becomes intoxicated at a bar and gets into an accident involving a third party on the way home, the innocent party may sue the bar for damages, in addition to the driver.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, contact the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm to learn more about your legal options. Call us today at 405-239-7046 to schedule a free initial consultation.