Kankakee Social Host Liability Lawyers
Underage drinking can destroy lives, especially when intoxicated minors get behind the wheel. While alcohol and driving should never mix, they form a particularly deadly combination in the hands of minors, who tend to lack driving experience and decision-making capabilities. Providing alcohol to minors endangers the minor in question. What’s more, underage intoxicated drivers are hazardous to anyone on the road should they get behind the wheel.
Hosts who give alcohol to minors are not only committing a criminal offense, but also contributing to any injuries the minors cause. If an underage drunk driver hurt you or someone you love in an accident, the driver may not be the only one responsible. In the state of Illinois, you also have the option to take legal action against the host who served alcohol to the driver. Spiros Law, P.C. can help you hold a reckless host accountable for injuries caused by their underage guest.
How Social Host Liability Works in Illinois
When the Social Host Law took effect on January 1, 2013, Illinois joined a number of other states that hold social hosts liable for injuries caused by minors to whom they served alcohol. Along with prescribing criminal penalties for serving alcohol to minors, the law outlines under what circumstances the victims of intoxicated minors can sue the host who provided them with alcohol. Here are the factors to consider if you want to sue under the Social Host Law:
- The age of the minor: 21 is the legal drinking age, but you can only sue under the Social Host Law if the minor who injured you was under 18.
- The age of the host: The law only allows you to sue hosts who are 18 or older. This law can include a friend of the minor, or that friend’s adult parents.
- The host’s conduct: The law holds hosts reliable only if they “willfully” provided alcohol to the minor. For example, you can sue if a host threw a party with minors present, but not if the minor stole alcohol from their liquor cabinet without their knowledge.
- The substance in question: The Social Host Law covers more than just drunk driving. You can also sue hosts who provided illegal drugs such as marijuana to the minor who injured you.
If a host 18 or older willfully served alcohol or illegal drugs to a minor under 18, and that minor went on to injure you, you can sue to hold that host accountable for your injuries.
Recovering from an auto accident can be a difficult time for you and your family because you are dealing with medical costs, car repairs, and emotional suffering. When an underage, intoxicated driver caused an accident, one of the greatest tragedies is that it could have been prevented by refusing to serve that minor. Spiros Law, P.C. can help you hold a reckless host financially accountable for creating the danger that caused your injury. We will fight tirelessly for you and give your case the care and attention it deserves. If an underage drunk driver injured you or someone you love and a host might be responsible, call the Kankakee social host liability lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. today at (815) 929-9292.