These laws have led bartenders and servers to "cut off" patrons that they feel are acting in a manner that indicates that they would be unsafe to drive home.
In the event of a drunk driving accident, although the intoxicated individual carries most of the responsibility for the accident in question, there are other people who may have contributed--even if indirectly--to the final outcome as well.
Dram shop laws make it so that the establishment where a drunk driver t was given alcohol and the person that served it to him or her directly can be held liable for damages in a civil court.
Facts About Dram Shop Law
- The term "dram shop" is a hold over from colonial times when alcohol serving establishments--called shops--used units of liquid measurement to serve alcohol called "drams.
- There are 43 states and Washington D.
that currently have some form of these laws.
- Some states with more severe forms of this law allow for underage persons who cause a drunk driving accident and were injured to sue the establishment that gave them alcohol for their own injuries.
- These laws were supported largely by the non-profit group Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD.
To find out more about dram shop laws and drunk driving liability, visit the website of the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca & Landry, P.