There are a number of parties that can be held accountable in any drunk driving accident. But did you know that there are some parties that may not seem directly involved in the accident, but can still be held liable in a civil claim?
One of the most obvious parties that can be held liable in a drunk driving accident claim is the intoxicated driver. However, victims may also hold liable the commercial establishment that served or sold the alcohol before the accident. These claims are filed under Georgia’s dram shop statute, which allows commercial drinking establishments such as pubs, restaurants, clubs, or liquor stores, to be held accountable in those cases in which drivers drank alcohol sold by the establishment just before an accident.
If the commercial establishment willfully and knowingly serves or sells alcohol to a person below the age of 21, or to a person who is noticeably intoxicated, the establishment can be held liable in an accident claim involving the customer if he or she then drives and causes an accident. In addition, the establishment must be aware that the person will be operating a motor vehicle at the time of serving or selling him or her alcohol. This is an important element to proving your claim.