Can Bars Be Held Liable for Florida DUI Deaths?
Nearly one-third of Florida accident deaths involve a drunk driver. In most cases, the driver's blood alcohol concentration is used as evidence and the driver is liable for the accident. But, is the driver the only one responsible? Can the bar that served alcohol to the driver also be held responsible?
The answer is sometimes. Florida statute § 768.125 states that, in most cases, the individuals or companies who serve alcohol to a drunk driver are not liable for injuries or damages. However, there are two exceptions:
- A bar or individual who serves alcohol to a driver under the age of 21 can be held liable for damages. A bar has the responsibility to only serve those who are of legal drinking age.
- A Florida bar can also be held liable for damages if the staff knowingly serves alcohol to a habitual drinker. The law recognizes that habitual drinkers may not be able to make responsible decisions about alcohol consumption.
If you have lost a loved one to a Florida drunk driving crash, you deserve compensation for your loss. Contact West Palm Beach accident injury attorney David Glatthorn to learn about your right to file a wrongful death claim. Call 888-340-2620 to schedule a free consultation.
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