Liquor Liability Attorneys in Miami, FL
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If you were injured by a drunk driver, you may have grounds to sue additional parties. An establishment that sells liquor and alcohol must abide by strict laws. If a bar or restaurant is negligent in serving alcohol and an intoxicated patron injures someone else, they can be held liable for the damages. Florida has strict laws on serving alcohol, known as Dram Shop laws.
According to Florida Statute, section 768.125, any person or knowingly sells or provides alcohol to an individual who is underage or an addict (within their knowledge) may be held liable for injuries or damages that result due to drunk driving. Often, those addicted to alcohol will frequent familiar bars and restaurants. If the owner knows that a person struggles with alcohol abuse and drove themselves, they endanger others by providing the substance.
For a better understanding of Florida’s Dram Shop laws, imagine the following scenario:
Alex just got off work and stops by a local bar where Tina, the owner, is serving as a bartender. Alex is a regular and Tina knows that Alex always drinks too much after work and drives himself home. Still, she serves him several drinks while he is at the bar. Alex than leaves and hits a pedestrian who suffers serious injuries. In this case, the pedestrian could be eligible to seek compensation from both Alex, the drunk driver, and Tina’s bar.