A Dram Shop Liability Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights in a DUI Case

A dram shop is a legal term for establishments such as bars, taverns, or restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages. These establishments have a responsibility to patrons and others to not serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. In California, dram shop laws are limited, but the seller of alcohol can be held liable if someone is injured by a drunken patron or guest who is under the legal drinking age. If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI accident, a dram shop liability lawyer at our San Diego, CA, firm can determine if the minor driver was improperly served alcohol despite demonstrating clear signs of inebriation. An experienced attorney at our firm can fight for your rights and and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. 

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California maintains that if the business served alcohol to a minor despite the person appearing visibly drunk, then that entity may be held responsible for the injuries inflicted by the driver.

California's Dram Shop Laws

Compared to other states, California's dram shop laws do not provide as much protection for injured parties. In California, the responsibility lies solely on the adult drunk driver, and not the server of alcohol, as it was the consumption of alcohol that was the proximate cause of injuries sustained in a subsequent vehicular accident. 

However, in the case of minors, California maintains that if the business served alcohol to a minor despite the person appearing visibly drunk, then that entity may be held responsible for the injuries inflicted by the driver. This law protects drunk minors from being over-served, and even parents or other adult guardians can be held responsible. For example, if a host serves alcohol to a minor guest despite the person already being drunk, it would constitute reckless behavior on the host's part, and therefore he or she can be held responsible according to Section 1714 of California's Civil Code. 

How a Dedicated Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Drunk driving can lead to road accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries or even the wrongful death of victims. When this accident is caused by a minor driver, the case can become quite complicated. Considering that California follows the pure comparative negligence law, in the case of a road accident, each party’s negligence is assessed in comparison to the other driver and damages are awarded according to the percentage of fault. If you have been injured in a DUI accident involving a minor driver, it is very important to hire the legal counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney who can fight for your rights and seek the compensation you may be entitled to.

The proven attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer have more than 30 years of experience defending the rights of personal injury victims. We work tirelessly to build a strong case and seek the damages you need to recover from the accident.

Your dram shop liability lawyer can thoroughly investigate your motor vehicle accident case, gather pertinent evidence to prove the responsibility of a bar, restaurant, or restaurant in serving alcohol to the already drunk minor driver, and hold the guilty party responsible. An experienced attorney from our firm can seek restitution for damages including:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Rehabilitation cost
  • Decreased income potential
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Pecuniary losses suffered by dependents in the case of a wrongful death

Receive Dedicated Counsel

The proven attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer have more than 30 years of experience defending the rights of personal injury victims. We work tirelessly to build a strong case and seek the damages you need to recover from the accident. Contact us to learn more, and to schedule your free consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys.