The Millar Law Firm often represents victims of drunk driving accidents. Many of our cases are brought against a negligent bar, tavern, restaurant, liquor store or convenience store that sold or served alcohol to the drunk driver.
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Under Georgia law, if a bar, restaurant, liquor store, convenience store or other retail store sells alcohol to a person who is under age 21 or who is noticeably intoxicated, and the seller knows that person may be driving soon, the seller may be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by that person’s drunk driving. This is called the “Dram Shop Act.”
Many cases involving Dram Shop Act liability are large and complex. Extensive and fast investigation are the keys to success. In one case our firm recovered over $1.75 million after we discovered that a bar owner erased a video recording that would have shown the drunk driver consuming more than eight drinks in less than 90 minutes.
If you, a family member or a loved one has been harmed by an intoxicated or drunk or drugged driver, a lawyer from our firm will review your case in a free phone call. Call us and we will discuss your rights and explain your options – which may include filing a claim against the drunk driver or the establishment that served the driver. Call now or submit our online form.
A Closer Look at Georgia’s Dram Shop Act
Georgia’s Dram Shop Act is usually applied to bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to minors or noticeably intoxicated drivers.
However, in 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court said that a claim could be filed against a convenience store as well. According to the court, the law applies to stores that sell closed or packaged containers of alcohol not intended for consumption on the premises. This means that other retailers, including grocery stores, gas stations and “big box” stores that sell alcohol, can be held liable in certain DUI accident cases.
This is an important law. Unfortunately, the conduct it is aimed at stopping still happens all too often in Atlanta, Georgia and across the U.S.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted one study in which actors simulated being intoxicated and attempted to buy alcohol at a variety of establishments. Seventy-six percent of the on-premise sites (bars and restaurants) and 83 percent of the off-premise establishments (retail stores) sold alcohol to the actors.
Filing a Dram Shop Act Claim in Georgia
A person injured in a drunk driving accident can seek damages through the Dram Shop Act by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The complaint would name the bar, restaurant or store as a defendant.
The establishment could be made to pay compensatory damages that are intended to make you whole. Punitive damages may also be available. This is extra compensation that is meant to punish and deter certain egregious misconduct. In Georgia, there is no limit or capping of punitive damages in drunk driving accident cases.
Contact an Atlanta Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Today
At The Millar Law Firm our lawyers work hard to hold those who sell alcohol to intoxicated and/or underage people accountable for the harm they have caused.
Contact us today to receive a free initial consultation from a lawyer about your case. You may be owed fair and Just compensation for your medical expenses, lost pay or earnings and property damage and for any painful harm and suffering you have experienced. Your case may also warrant punitive damages.
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