After a car accident involving alcohol that ends in serious injury or death, the obvious person who should be held liable is the person who decided to get behind the wheel while drunk. But there may be more people who contributed to the crash in a less direct way. Dram shop laws allow for the prosecution of the establishment where the drunk driver was drinking prior to the accident or the server who continued to serve him or her despite being obviously intoxicated.
Dram shop laws are meant to ensure that individuals who could contribute to a drunk driving accident act in a cautious manner. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver and you wish to know more about dram shop laws, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
Liability Under Dram Shop Laws
Dram shop laws vary greatly from state to state, but they typically apply to:
- The owners of bars or restaurants
- The bartender or waiter/waitress who continued to serve the drunk driver alcohol despite being obviously intoxicated
- The lessor of the establishment
No one should contribute to a drunk driving accident – be it directly or indirectly – and dram shop laws help ensure that those who do are held accountable for their actions.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233 for a free initial consultation.