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Dram Shop Liability in Atlanta Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers


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3/26/2012
Shane Smith
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Accidents caused by drunk drivers can leave massive holes in the lives of both victim and driver and cause irreversible damage. In some particularly tragic instances, an injured victim may suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that permanently affects his or her ability to have a normal life, but even those victims are lucky compared to those who are killed in these tragic accidents.

There are certain laws on the Georgia books that impose a degree of liability on businesses that serve alcohol to guests. The law’s purview, which is called “dram shop liability,” includes instances in which alcohol is sold or provided to someone who’s underage with the knowledge that person would be driving, and in instances in which alcohol is sold or given to a person in a “state of noticeable intoxication” with the knowledge that person would be driving. 

This liability can extend to: 
  • Liquor stores;
  • Restaurants;
  • Bars; and
  • Event hosts.  
These laws hold business owners and event hosts partially responsible for the accident, and injured victims can sue the businesses or hosts that should’ve known better than to provide alcohol to an underage individual or to someone who was clearly already inebriated. Speak with an Atlanta brain injury lawyer if you’ve suffered TBI from a car accident caused by a drunk driver or if you know someone who has.

Contact an Atlanta Brain Injury Lawyer

After a serious or fatal car accident you and your family may be dealing with the grief of 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!

Each Atlanta personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Shane Smith gets 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, that’s why 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 on how to handle filing a claim for serious injuries or wrongful death caused by a negligent driver and how a personal injury lawyer can benefit your claim. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 1-770-487-8999.


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