Helping Hold Drunk Drivers Accountable

Despite the fact that drunk driving is illegal in Georgia, many intoxicated drivers continue to get behind the wheel ― putting both their lives and the lives of others on the road at risk.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed at the hands of a careless drunk driver, it is important to know that you may have legal remedies available. For instance, not only will the intoxicated motorist likely face criminal charges, but you may be able to seek compensation for your damages in civil court as well.

Contact the Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy, P.C., today and learn more about your legal rights and options. Whether you need assistance with a personal injury claim or a wrongful death action, Atlanta drunk driving accident attorney Brian C. McCarthy will carefully explain your options and guide you through the often-intimidating legal system.

The Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy, P.C., handles personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don't pay attorney fee until he wins your case. Contact him today by calling 404-692-7577 or reach out online.

What Is Dram Shop Liability?

Essentially, dram shop liability is a legal concept used by drunk driving victims to hold bars, taverns and restaurants legally accountable when they overserve patrons who then leave and injure others on the road. You can also use the same Georgia law to hold homeowners liable if they provide too much alcohol to a guest ― otherwise known as social host liability.

However, a drunk driving victim needs to be able to prove several factors before a homeowner or vendor, such as a bar, will be liable for injuries caused by a drunk driver, including:

  • The vendor or homeowner willfully, knowingly and unlawfully provided alcohol to someone under the age of 21, OR knowingly sold, furnished or served alcohol to someone who was noticeably intoxicated
  • The vendor or homeowner knew the minor or intoxicated individual would be driving soon
  • The minor or intoxicated driver injured the victim after getting behind the wheel

A victim may be able to establish dram shop liability regardless of whether he or she is another driver, a passenger or even a pedestrian. In any case, however, it is best to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to learn what legal options may be available to you.