Every state has different laws when it comes to the legal responsibility of bars and social hosts for providing alcohol to an individual who is later accountable for causing a motor vehicle wreck. Laws surrounding alcohol can be complex, which is why it is wise to consult a knowledgeable Miami injury attorney to determine what can be done in your case.
In the state of Florida, there is limited liability for bars and restaurants when it comes to incidents of drunk driving. Under state law, a person is liable when he or she willfully and unlawfully provides alcohol to an individual who is not of lawful drinking age or knowingly gives alcohol to an individual who is an alcohol addict.
In Case v. Newman, a Jacksonville woman was killed in a car accident when a 17-year-old drunk driver, Andrew Newman, struck her vehicle. Police confirmed that Newman was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his car and veered into the lane in which the decedent was driving. Paramedics determined that the victim was dead at the scene of the accident. The decedent’s daughter and personal representatives filed a lawsuit against Newman, his father and grandfather, who owned the car Newman was driving, and the store that sold Newman the alcohol. Continue reading →