Snellville DUI Accident Attorney Shane Explains How Homeowners May Be Liable for Third Party DUI Auto Accidents
Homeowners have social gatherings all time in Gwinnett County and elsewhere in Georgia with responsible adults and children that have a good time without alcohol and everyone drives home safely. However, some homeowners in Georgia serve their guests alcohol and sometimes when their guests drive home, innocent Snellville residents become DUI accident victims from unsuspecting driver drivers. Depending on the circumstances of your accident and if the at-fault parties were served alcohol at their host’s home, your may be able to persue a “Social Host” liability claim against the homeowner that served the alcohol in addition to the at-fault operator.
As of 2010, nearly 300 alcohol-related deaths occurred throughout Georgia, which made up approximately 1 out of every 4 deaths in all of Georgia. Many of these Snellville DUI Accidents are undoubtedly related to irresponsible guests and homeowners that are equally liable in serving and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, especially when they know they are going to drive on Georgia roads.
Speaking with a Gwinnett County DUI accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will help you determine if you do have a “Social Host” Claim against the homeowner involved, along with determining all of the other responsible parties. Call (770) 487-8999 to speak with DUI accident attorney Shane Smith today!
“Social Host” Liability Explained
Legally defined, “Social Host” liability is when a person or business is civilly, as opposed to criminally, liable who holds a social gathering or private even that offers its hosts alcoholic beverages. If the host serves a minor or legal individual who is visibly under the influence, and the host has reasonable knowledge the person who is being served will drive on Georgia roads, the host may be held liable for damages sustained by the third party through the course of a Snellville DUI accident. The parties or persons held responsible for the damages are usually the owner and/or operator of the home or similar venue.
If you have been involved in a Gwinnett County DUI accident due to an intoxicated driver that has left a home or social gathering, you may be entitled to recover damages from the homeowner. The only way to determine if you may be able to recover against the homeowner that may served the at-fault party of your Georgia DUI accident is to speak with a DUI accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith by call (888) 927-6955.