Innocent people who are involved in a DUI related accident are protected by statutes which may allow victims to file a civil lawsuit against those who profited from the drunk driver.
Florida Statute 768.125 (Liability for injury or damage resulting from intoxication) states that:
A person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.
• It must be proven with sufficient evidence that the driver was a known drunk driver, served while visibly impaired and etc. - proof of them having 1-2 drinks is not likely enough.
• This law applies to drinks sold and consumed immediately at such premesis. A store or business selling a 12-pack or a bottle of wine to go would generally be excluded.
• If drinks have been sold to someone under legal drinking age, they are absolutely liable for any accident caused by the drunk driver.
Florida bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, liquor stores, and other businesses or establishments that profit from sales of alcoholic drinks and beverages can be held legally responsible for damages caused by a drunk driving accident in some situations.
The complex issues involved in these types of claims are another strong reason why anyone involved in any type of accident involving a personal injury should immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.
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