When you have been injured by a Connecticut drunk driver, the motorist may not be the only defendant potentially liable for your injuries. If someone served a visibly intoxicated person alcohol, they could also be liable under the state’s dram shop laws.
Bartenders should cut off a drunk person
Restaurants and bars need to be careful about the people to whom they serve alcohol. Servers should take a visual look at each patron and cut them off when they appear to be drunk. Otherwise, bartenders could find themselves liable for any damage that they cause. This includes drunk driving accidents. The same rule applies when a bartender serves a minor alcohol, whether the minor appears visibly drunk or not.
The dram shop could be legally responsible
If you were injured by a drunk driver, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who served the alcohol to the driver. More often, victims sue the establishment where the alcohol was served because it is legally responsible for the actions of the server. Many taverns and restaurants will have insurance policies to protect themselves from these kinds of damages. This means that there may be an additional source of coverage for plaintiffs. Here, you are trying to prove that the bartender was reckless by continuing to serve alcohol to an obviously drunk person. The establishment may face even bigger problems than your lawsuit because breaking dram shop laws could cost them their license. Thus, they may be willing to settle.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, an attorney may help you figure out each responsible party so that you can file a lawsuit for compensation. You deserve to recoup your losses when a drunk driver has harmed you.