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Dram Shop Liability and the Victim’s Right to Sue


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1/27/2012
Carolyn Smith
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If you’ve been injured in a DUI accident and are considering a lawsuit, you soon will discover that the civil litigation process is a complex one and can be particularly difficult following an accident involving a drunk driver. 

However, prevailing drunk driving law in Georgia gives accident victims the opportunity to seek recovery from those responsible for the accidents that caused their injuries. 

For instance, dram shop liability laws in Georgia allow the innocent victims of drunk driving accidents to pursue legal recourse against the bars, restaurants, and liquor stores that sold alcohol to either: 

  • a person who was underage, given the indication that said person was about to drive; or
  • a person who was noticeably intoxicated, given the indication that said person was going to drive. 

This drunk driving law is not unique to Georgia; several other states have dram shop liability laws in place as a means to discourage businesses from selling alcohol to clearly inebriated patrons and to provide an avenue for financial compensation for those who are injured by a clear lack of regard for the safety of others -- namely, drunk drivers and anyone who facilitated his or her ability to drive while intoxicated. 

Under these laws, even the hosts of social events can be held liable. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, the law empowers you to financial recovery. Speak with a civil litigation process lawyer who can help. 

Contact an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney

After serious car crashes caused by drunk drivers, you and your family may be dealing with the grief of internal bleeding or other serious injury, loss of a loved one, and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!

The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Shane Smith are lawyers that get it; we know the frustration our clients are experiencing when dealing with insurance companies.

Many of our clients don’t know how to hire a lawyer, so we offer 2 FREE guides, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? and 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. Our guides contain valuable information pertaining to drunk driving law, how to handle filing a claim for serious injuries or wrongful death caused by drunk driving accidents, and how a civil litigation process lawyer can benefit your lawsuit. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 1-770-487-8999.



Category: DUI Victims

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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