Dram Shop Liability
In some drunk driving accidents, the trauma doesn’t end with the injuries and damages sustained during the accident itself. Many drivers are not sufficiently insured to cover the damages they cause, leaving innocent victims saddled with enormous medical bills. Luckily, a statute of Wisconsin law known as “dram shop liability” states that in some cases, liability can be extended to the establishment which sold the driver alcohol, allowing for full compensation to be recovered.
If it can be clearly demonstrated that a liquor store or tavern knowingly provided a minor with alcohol, the establishment can be held liable for any ensuing accidents caused. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your situation with a qualified member of our legal team.
Serving Alcohol to Minors
While an establishment which provides alcohol to a minor has opened themselves up to liability, there are protective clauses which can provide them with an exemption if all of the following occured:
- The minor falsely claimed to be of age.
- The minor corroborated their claim by providing documentation showing them to be of age.
- The minor was not so young in appearance that a reasonable person would not believe that they were of age.
If all of these provisions are not met, the seller may share any and all liability for a subsequent accident caused by the drinking minor.
Insufficient or non-existent insurance should never force the victims of a drunk driving accident to pay for their own injuries and damages. If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident caused by a minor, the skilled and experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to demonstrate that a tavern or liquor shop shares liability for the accident, increasing the potential amount of your settlement. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your legal options.