Dram Shop Liability: Pursuing Maximum Compensation from Negligent Parties

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving alcohol, you deserve compensation from all responsible parties. While the other driver may not have the resources to cover the full extent of your injuries, those who supplied the alcohol that led to your accident may also be liable. An attorney at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can determine whether dram shop liability applies, meaning the person or business who supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver is at fault. With conveniently located offices, our firm serves clients throughout Utah. We are committed to assisting victims of these life-changing accidents and give each case the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, call our office at (801) 341-8424 or contact us online for more information. 

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Bars, restaurants, clubs, and other establishments which sell alcohol can all be held accountable for serving intoxicated patrons.

Understanding Dram Shop Liability

Dram shop laws allow the victims of DUI (driving under the influence) accidents to pursue compensation from every party responsible. In Utah, this liability can extend to both alcohol-serving establishments and private social gatherings where alcohol is served. If a person receives alcohol from another individual or establishment and goes on to cause an accident, in some cases, that party can be held liable. 

While the other driver may not have the resources to cover your treatment costs, those who supplied the alcohol that led to your accident may also be liable.

As with other personal injury lawsuits in the state, a dram shop lawsuit must be filed within four years of the accident. Time is of the essence, and delaying action could affect the outcome of your case. 

How a Lawyer Can Help 

Drinking establishments and other parties will always try to protect their best interests. Together with their legal team, they might argue that their actions did not cause the accident. Our lawyers can help determine if the establishment or person breached their civil responsibility by: 

  • Serving alcohol to a patron who was already drunk 
  • Exceeding the cap amount allowed in a specific time frame
  • Not requesting proof of age 
  • Serving a patron who was underage 
  • Providing alcohol after closing time 

A lawyer can help prove that an establishment or individual acted recklessly and dangerously, directly leading to the DUI accident that caused your injury.

Why Choose Our Firm?

When pursuing a dram shop liability case, the owner of the establishment or person who provided alcohol will have their own defense as to why they are not responsible. You need a dedicated attorney on your side to help you focus on your injury while we work to secure compensation for your suffering. If an insurance company attempts to settle your case, wait until you have spoken with our office. We will settle for nothing less than maximum compensation for your injuries and the lifelong effects they will have. 

Schedule a Consultation 

The attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton have the qualifications and resources necessary to properly handle your personal injury case. For more information about dram shop liability, contact us online or call our office at (801) 341-8424. 

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