What’s a Dram Shop? Alcohol related accident can be some of the most serious accidents with devastating injuries that can lead to death.
It’s not always easy to determine who was at fault for a car accident, even an alcohol related accident.
Many people assume that the only party at fault for the accident is the driver but in Arizona establishments that over serve customers can be at fault also.
Determining that an establishment is liable can be difficult.
Arizona law imposes liability on any establishment that serves alcohol to an intoxicated person or served someone underage.
While getting this information is difficult attorneys can hire investigators to find out if the driver was being over served.
In Arizona a restaurant or bar can be held liable for injuries caused by one of their customers.
Restaurants and their employees can be liable for personal injuries or wrongful death if they sold alcohol to a person who was obviously intoxicated or under the legal drinking age, the alcohol was consumed by the customer and as a result of the consumption injury or death occurred.
Only licensees can be held liable.
There is no liability for a person other then the licensee.
Meaning a private citizen will not be held liable under a Dram Shop theory however it is possible that they can be found liable under a different theory of law.