Dram Shop Liability
Customers at bars and restaurants who drink alcoholic beverages should not be “overserved.” In fact, establishments that serve alcohol are supposed to train servers, both bartenders and food servers, on appropriate amounts of alcohol to serve any patron and to be able to recognize when a customer has had too much to drink. In order to get a liquor license in Arizona, the owner of the license must agree to serve alcohol in a legally responsible manner. The purpose of this law is to prevent drunk drinkers from becoming drunk drivers who leave the bar and could seriously injure other innocent drivers.
When a drunk driver injures someone else, not only can the driver be held liable, but the bar or restaurant that overserved the individual can also be held responsible. The bar or restaurant’s liability is referred to a “dram shop” liability. When an innocent person is injured by a drunk driver, that injured person can sue both the driver and the bar or restaurant for the losses they suffered in the crash.
Our firm is committed to helping people injured by drunk drivers. In fact, Stanley Marks of this firm was a founding member of the Arizona chapter of MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and served as it’s Chair for many years.