Dram Shop Liability Attorney in Irvine

Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident? Call (714) 701-8182

Have you or a loved one been injured in a drunk driving collision? Depending on the circumstances, you may have grounds to pursue legal action against both the intoxicated driver and the party that served them alcohol. Under California’s “dram shop liability” statute, bars, restaurants, and even social hosts that negligently serve alcohol to a person that causes an injury may be held civilly or criminally liable. At the Law Offices of Thomas E. Rockett, III, our skilled Irvine drunk driving accident attorney can help you identify the parties responsible for your crash and pursue full and fair compensation on your behalf.

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Liability for Providing Alcohol in California

California’s dram shop laws are much more relaxed than in many other states as they afford several protections to bars and social hosts against the actions of their guests or patrons. Vendors of alcohol are oftentimes not seen as directly facilitating the actions of an intoxicated person. There is one exception to this rule, as an alcohol-serving establishment or social host may be held partially liable in the event that they should serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated minor under the age of 21. Sellers or providers of alcohol to an intoxicated minor may face misdemeanor criminal charges and civil liability for any damages the intoxicated minor should cause, whether it be due to a car accident or any other sort of incident caused by their impairment.

Injured parties may seek the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation costs

While alcohol providers may still face criminal prosecution for serving alcohol to a habitual drinker or person who is clearly drunk, they may not be held civilly liable if the person is older than 21 years of age. Likewise, dram shop laws usually do not allow a first-party consumer of alcohol to seek damages for themselves.

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Since dram shop liability claims may only be filed within two years of the date of injury, it is urgent you contact an attorney from The Law Offices of Thomas E. Rockett, III as soon as possible to review your legal options. With one-on-one attention and personalized legal strategies, our Irvine personal injury lawyer can provide the powerful advocacy you need to maximize your potential recovery. From investigating the cause of your injuries to pursuing litigation on your behalf if necessary, we can handle all aspects of your claim and ensure your rights are asserted during this difficult time.

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