Kankakee Dram Shop Liability Attorneys
Most people are unfamiliar with dram shop liability laws, but they play a major role in many drunk driving accident cases. If an establishment sells alcoholic beverages to minors or to visibly intoxicated patrons, they may be held responsible for the damage caused by these people if they are in an accident. The aim of these laws is to keep individuals who work in bars and taverns from continuing to sell alcohol to people who are inebriated, or who are under the legal drinking age.
Some people believe that these laws downplay personal responsibility. While every person needs to be held accountable for his or her actions after drinking, at Spiros Law, P.C., we believe that an establishment that sells alcohol to minors or obviously drunk individuals has behaved recklessly. If you or someone you love has been injured in a case like this, call (815) 929-9292 to speak with our Kankakee dram shop liability lawyers.
Dram Shop Liability Factors
If a person is involved in an accident after drinking, in order for dram shop liability laws to come into play, the following must apply to the situation:
- A patron was sold alcohol by the defendant
- The defendant was aware that the patron was already intoxicated, or the defendant knew (or should have known) that the patron was under the age of 21
- The patron caused an accident, injuring the plaintiff
- Damages resulted, at least in part, from the patron’s intoxication
In the case of minors, bars and restaurants can be held liable for damages and injuries suffered by an intoxicated minor him or herself, as well as injuries they cause to others.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it is important that all responsible parties are held accountable for their actions. To see if dram shop liability laws apply to your case, contact the Kankakee dram shop liability attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292 today.