If you have been injured or a family member has been injured or killed because of intentional negligent or reckless behavior of an intoxicated person, there is protection for you under the law. At VanDerGinst Law, our lawyers are well versed in DUI laws and the personal injury and wrongful death statutes.
When an incident occurs as a result of a person being intoxicated, one of the first issues to be examined is where the person purchased and consumed the alcohol. Dram shop laws, on the books in 38 states including Iowa, impose financial liability on bars, clubs, restaurants, or hotels if one of these establishments continued to serve an obviously intoxicated patron who then caused harm to another.
This liability is most frequently applicable in cases where a drunk driver causes a motor vehicle accident, as driving under the influence of alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to respond appropriately and make safe decisions on the roadway. But, it can also apply to situations where a drunk patron gets into a bar fight or otherwise harms someone. When an intoxicated person starts a fight or causes an accident, that person and the business that supplied the alcohol may be liable for damages caused.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-related crashes cause an injury every 2 minutes and a death every 31 minutes. Over 50 percent of drunk drivers whose licenses have been suspended continue to drive. These numbers are evidence of a serious issue on the United States’ roadways and in Iowa. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.”
In some states, individual homeowners may be liable if an accident is caused by someone to whom they supplied alcohol. This legal theory is called “social host liability.” Where applicable, the host of a party may be held liable if he or she continues to allow a guest to imbibe after the guest is intoxicated.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death as the result of someone being served too much alcohol, call VanDerGinst Law today at: 866-843-7367 or click here for a FREE online case evaluation. The initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if, and when, there is a money recovery for you. In many cases a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. So please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.