Georgia's Dram Shop Act provides that a person who sells, furnishes, or serves alcohol to an intoxicated person of lawful drinking age shall not be liable for injury, death, or damage the person causes because of their intoxication. The Dram Shop Act also holds that someone may become liable if they knowingly sell alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated person when they know that person will soon be driving.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Georgia sports bar agreed to pay $1 million to the widow of a 36-year-old man killed in a drunk driving accident involving someone who was just served at the bar. The sports bar agreed to a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit after a judge sanctioned the bar for destroying four hours of surveillance video that showed the man being served, the tabs for two customers who were with the drunk driver and the "spill sheet" that recorded complimentary drinks on the night in question. The driver was charged with driving without headlights, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and first-degree vehicular homicide.
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If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.