Ohio Dram Shop Liability Claims
Knowledgeable Advice from a Toledo Car Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents are not always the sole fault of the intoxicated driver. In fact, many
drunk driving accidents are the partial fault of the party who negligently
provided the driver with alcohol, such as a restaurant overserving drinks
or a social host knowingly giving alcohol to a minor. Depending on the
circumstances, these parties may sometimes be held civilly liable for
any damages that an intoxicated person should cause in the event of an
accident under Ohio’s dram shop liability laws.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact the knowledgeable and
compassionate advocates from Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. today.
Having been fighting for victims of drunk driving accidents for more than
five decades, our
Toledo personal injury attorneys can help identify all parties responsible for your injuries and fight
for maximum compensation on your behalf during this difficult time.
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The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help. Dial (419) 318-0772
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When Are Restaurants & Social Hosts Liable?
Under Ohio Law, persons injured by an intoxicated individual may seek damages
from a licensed alcohol vendor under either of the following circumstances:
- They are injured on the vendor’s property due to their negligence.
- They are injured off the vendor’s property after the vendor knowingly
sold alcohol to a “noticeably intoxicated” individual or to
a person under 21 years of age.
The first scenario extends dram shop liability beyond traffic collisions
and can involve any sort of accident caused by an intoxicated person,
including slip and falls and intentional assaults. For example, say a
bar owner were to overserve alcohol to Jerry, who is already visibly drunk.
As he leaves, Jerry stumble down a flight of stairs into Steve, injuring
him. In this case, the bar owner may be held liable for Steve’s
injuries due to his negligent service of alcohol.
While many states extend these liabilities to social hosts, social hosts
are generally protected from the actions of their guests. Instead, social
hosts may only be held liable in the event that they should negligently
provide alcohol to a minor under 21 who then causes injuries in a vehicle accident.
Injured parties may pursue compensation for a wide variety of damages,
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits
- Reduced quality of life
- Damaged property
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Why You Need Our Toledo Car Accident Lawyers
Dram shop liability claims can be extremely complex and involve multiple
parties and insurance companies – many of which have considerable
resources to combat your claim and harm your chances of securing compensation.
At Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A., we understand the laws that
apply to your situation and can use our cutting-edge legal advocacy to
maximize your potential financial recovery. From negotiating with the
opposing parties to pursuing litigation if necessary, we have what it
takes to ensure your wellbeing is guarded during this difficult time.
Get in touch with our firm online today to get started.