Injured by a Drunk Driver? The Driver May Not Be the Only One Responsible

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If you were injured by a drunk driver, you may have grounds to sue additional parties. Florida has strict laws on serving alcohol, known as Dram Shop laws. 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.

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. Alex is a regular and Tina knows that Alex always drinks too much after work when visiting her bar and drives home. Still, she serves him several drinks. Alex then 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.

Helping Injury Victims in Florida & Beyond

If you were injured by an inebriated patron, you deserve just compensation. Serious injuries can cause great physical and emotional pain. It can also affect your work and social life.

  • Damages you can seek under Florida’s dram shop laws:
  • Medical bills
  • Damaged property
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

We have extensive knowledge and experience representing injury victims. If you were hurt by an intoxicated individual, you may be able to sue both the driver and the establishment that served the alcohol. At Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A., our Miami personal injury lawyers have more than 150 years of collective experience and have successfully represented clients throughout Florida, the United States, and across the globe. Our firm has advocated for clients in France, Australia, England, Monserrat, and Peru, among many others. Allow us to do the same for you!

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