Drunk driving is both inexcusable and irresponsible, and innocent people are often the ones who suffer because of this type of behavior. If you suffered harm because of a drunk driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as your accident-related financial losses.
However, the driver may not be the only liable party. Florida law allows for victims to name the dram shop, which is the place where the alcohol came from, as a liable party in a civil claim. Before you move forward with your case, you would be wise to find out if dram shop liability could play a role in your case.
What is a dram shop?
A dram shop is an antiquated term for a place where a person can purchase alcohol. This can include restaurants, bars and retail establishments. In some cases, a drunk driving accident victim could seek damages from a dram shop. Actually proving that a bar or restaurant bears some fault in what happened to you can be complicated, and it requires an extensive knowledge of the law to build an effective case for dram shop liability.
Building a strong case
Building a case on the basis of dram shop liability is not easy, and it requires an in-depth investigation of your case to determine if this is even possible for you. In order to prove that the provider of the alcohol is at fault, it can be useful to have evidence of some of the following:
- A small window of time between the purchase of the alcohol and the accident
- Over-serving an already intoxicated individual
- A restaurant allowing a clearly drunk person to drive
- Serious injuries suffered by victims as a direct result of drinking and driving
It is smart to seek a complete evaluation of your case as soon as possible after a drunk driving accident to ensure that important evidence does not degrade or disappear.
Moving forward after an accident
You should not have to suffer from the reckless and negligent actions of another person. You have the right to hold drunk drivers accountable for any harm you suffered as a result of their dangerous and reckless actions.
Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to claim compensation that will help you cover your medical needs, recoup your lost wages and confront other accident-related expenses. Your recovery is on the line, and you have no time to lose in taking action to protect your interests.