I recently saw a story on InsuranceJournal.com about a family who is filing suit against a Montana bar after a mother and daughter were killed in a DUI car accident. Apparently the drunk driver was visibly drunk when she was served drinks in a Montana bar shortly before the crash. This story highlights the importance for any DUI accident victims here in Florida to make sure that a thorough investigation is performed after the crash with an eye toward determining where the drunk driver became intoxicated, and under what circumstances. In Florida, a bar, nightclub, or restaurant can be held liable for providing alcohol to someone how shouldn’t have it. This list of people would include underage drinkers, habitual alcoholics, and also people who are already visibly intoxicated. If a bar serves someone who is already fall-down drunk, slurring his or her speech, or exhibiting other signs of obvious drunkenness, the bar can be held liable for damages, in addition to the liability of the drunk driver. In a crash involving catastrophic injuries, having additional sources to recover damages from can be key. Cases against bars and nightclubs can be very challenging, and perhaps intimidating for a layperson, as insurance companies often attempt to deny coverage from these kinds of “dram shop” losses. If you have a questions regarding a Florida car accident involving a drunk driver, or a Florida dram shop claim, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...Read More »
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