Florida’s Dram Shop Act – Responsibility for Injuries Caused by a Drunk Driver

July 10, 2013

Florida, like many other states, has enacted laws to shield furnishers of alcohol from liability arising from the alcohol they provide to customers except under very specific circumstances. Florida Statute §768.125 provides that any person who sells or furnishes alcohol to someone of legal age cannot be held liable in a civil lawsuit for injuries caused by that person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.

It is important that you understand what options are available to you in regard to pursuing personal injury damages. For example, if you were struck by a drunk driver who was heading home from a bar in Wesley Chapel, FL and there is sufficient evidence to prove that the person who hit you was intoxicated and was either a minor, or known to be habitually addicted to alcohol, then you could have valid grounds to pursue a claim against the bar that served the driver. The bar could be responsible for your damages, including the cost of your medical treatment, lost wages, and even mental and physical pain and suffering.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, we may be able to help you recover money damages. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your claim and see if we may be able to help.

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