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Dram Shop Liability Lawsuit Lawyers

Businesses that sell alcohol, referred to as “dram shops,” have a responsibility to the public to use good judgement when allowing alcohol purchases. In Georgia, Code section 51-1-40 (b) states that dram shops are not responsible for injuries caused by an intoxicated person, but with exceptions. One of those exemptions is selling to an obviously intoxicated person that may get behind the wheel, and another is selling to a minor. When either of these situations occur, the dram shop can be held liable for injuries caused by the customer if they cause an injury vehicle accident.

Dram shops include both stores that sell alcohol and establishments that serve alcohol. It is the responsibility of owners to train their staff to look for signs of intoxication and check identification of their customers before selling alcohol. Dram shop laws are in place to protect the public from drunk drivers. While the driver is still responsible for their actions, dram shops share responsibility when they overserve or sell alcohol to intoxicated persons or minors.

Legal Actions Against Dram Shops

Unfortunately, many times an intoxicated driver that causes an injury accident is ill-prepared to pay the expenses of the victim. Many may not have insurance or the financial means to pay for medical bills, lost wages, ongoing care and other damages caused by their reckless behavior. Another legal option for victims injured by a drunk driver is to pursue legal action against a dram shop if they are liable. It must be proven that the dram shop provided alcohol to the driver when they were visibly intoxicated or to a minor, which can require the legal assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver or lost a loved one in a similar accident, talk to our legal team at Conley Griggs Partin LLP. We may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation for serious injuries or losses. If we accept your case, we will look into all options for obtaining compensation for your losses, including pursuing a dram shop liability lawsuit if applicable.

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