What is Dram Shop Liability?

When an accident results from drunk driving, there are often questions concerning who all of the liable parties are. For instance, is the bar or convenience store that sold the intoxicated driver liable for the accident? In South Carolina, dram shop and social host liability laws determine whether or not the institution that sold the alcohol could have reasonably foreseen a drunken driving accident resulting from the transaction. In many cases, this law applies if the drunk driver was intoxicated at the point of purchase or if the driver was under the legal drinking age. By serving these types of customers, an establishment is knowingly endangering public safety. Dram shop liability cases can offer the victim of a drunk driving accident the financial compensation they need to recover from their injuries.

Liable Establishments

Dram shop liability can occur at a number of establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. The state of South Carolina does not specifically identify restrictions of liable sellers, however the most common establishments found responsible in social host liability include:

  • Nightclubs
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Party Hosts

Drunk driving is a serious crime and those that serve alcohol to minors or intoxicated persons should be held responsible for the resulting accident. Do not hesitate to seek compensation from the liable parties that caused you to suffer injuries.

Contact a Columbia Dram Shop Attorney

If you or someone you know was injured by a drunk driver and you want to pursue a claim against the establishment that sold the driver alcohol, please contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC. Our experienced dram shop lawyers may be able to find you compensation for your medical bills and other expenses after your accident. Call (803) 350-9230 today for more information or to speak with a member of our Columbia team.