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An Overview of How Social Host Liability Cases Work After Atlanta Drunk Driving Wrecks

When someone gets behind the wheel after having one too many, and causes a serious auto accident as a result, their actions are reprehensible on many levels. However, the drunk driver may not be the only one acting wrongly in these deadly situations.

There may be other negligent parties who are involved in a Georgia drunk driving accident. When one of these people is the host of a party or social event, who served an underage or clearly intoxicated driver alcohol, you may have a legal suit against them.

A social host, for the definitions of this law, is any non-commercial entity who is grossly negligent in their service of alcohol. This is not a person that serves some eggnog at a Christmas party, but rather, someone who supplies a keg to a group of minors or keeps giving shots of whiskey to a clearly intoxicated person who still has their keys.

When the consequences of these highly negligent actions come to a head, such as a drunk driving accident that injures or even kills another person, the social host has to assume responsibility for their lack of judgment and foresight.

The way that this occurs most often is a civil lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a drunk driving crash that may have had social host liability at its core, you may be able to file a suit to recover damages. This financial compensation may cover your medical bills, instances of ongoing care, missed time at work and much more.

These cases are very hard to prove. Usually there is only circumstantial evidence of social host liability, and building a foolproof case requires experience and expert resources. You need a lawyer who has handled these types of Atlanta drunk driving injury cases before.

For more information about the legal rights of Atlanta DUI victims after catastrophic accidents, call the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today. You can reach us at (770) HURT-999 or by filling out the form on this page.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia