A dram shop is any type of business that sells alcohol. Dram shops can include bars, liquor stores, nightclubs and restaurants. Under Georgia’s dram shop liability laws, a person or business that over-serves an individual or that serves alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated person can be held responsible if that individual injures someone in a drunk driving accident. Not only can they be held responsible, but they should be – as they played a key role in the accident as well.
At Andrews & Sanders Law Offices in Savannah, Georgia, we represent people who have been injured by drunk drivers. With our knowledge of Georgia’s dram shop laws, we can determine if an employee of a bar, restaurant or other business served alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated person. Contact one of our drunk driving accident lawyers in Savannah for a free phone consultation.
Getting hit by a drunk driver could result in expensive medical bills for surgeries or other procedures, lost wages due to an inability to return to work, or even funeral costs if a loved one was killed in an accident. We can help get you the compensation you deserve after being injured by a drunk driver. We are on your side to make not only the drunk driver, but also the responsible party who provided the alcohol be held accountable.
According to Georgia statute, code section O.C.G.A. §51-1-40: “A person who willfully, knowingly, and unlawfully sells, furnishes, or serves alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age, knowing that such person will soon be driving a motor vehicle, or who knowingly sells, furnishes, or serves alcoholic beverages to a person who is in a state of noticeable intoxication, knowing that such person will soon be driving a motor vehicle, may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person when the sale, furnishing, or serving is the proximate cause of such injury or damage.”
Under Georgia’s dram shop laws, if a person or business served alcohol to a person who was noticeably intoxicated, the person or business can be held liable for injuries the drunk person caused. Proving that an over-serving bartender is liable for a drunk driving accident causing injuries or death requires persistence and dedication. Our skilled attorneys can get to work immediately on your case, moving swiftly to ensure that evidence is preserved. We can build a strong claim against the business or individual by analyzing videotapes, talking to witnesses, reviewing receipts and performing other necessary investigations. Contacting a lawyer immediately after being involved in an accident is critical to preserving evidence and winning your case. When you contact an attorney from Andrews & Sanders Law Offices, we can uncover evidence quickly and help you get justice for your claim.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver and are dealing with a catastrophic injury, or a loved one has died as a result of a drunk driving accident, you can turn to Andrews & Sanders Law Offices with confidence. We can successfully prove that the individual or business served alcohol to the noticeably intoxicated person who is responsible for your losses. In addition to securing compensation for your injuries and losses, we can pursue compensation from the bar.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver in Savannah or coastal Georgia, don’t delay. Contact us to discuss how we can help you and your family with a drunk driving accident claim involving dram shop law.