Can Bars Be Criminally Liable for DUI Accidents?

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When a person is injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, they can typically seek compensation for their injuries from the individual who caused the accident. However, many people believe that a portion of responsibility also lies in the bars that didn’t prevent excessive drinking. Our Phoenix drunk driving accident attorneys explain if bars can be held liable for DUI accidents.

Arizona’s Dram Shop Laws

Arizona allows people injured in a DUI accident to seek compensation from vendors or social hosts (including bars) for providing alcohol to an intoxicated person. Dram shop laws cover these cases. These laws can hold a liquor licensee liable for selling alcohol to a person who is obviously intoxicated or to a minor who is under the age of 21.

A person is considered “obviously intoxicated” under dram shop law when the person’s mannerisms are substantially impaired and noticeable by their uncoordinated physical behavior.

Damages Recoverable in Dram Shop Cases

A person injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver can hold the bar liable for their injuries if they served the driver who was “obviously intoxicated.” Below we have put together the damages recoverable under dram shop cases:

  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Costs for property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses, including emergency care, surgery, hospitalization, and more

Phoenix Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you don’t have to pay the costs for their negligent behavior. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. can help you develop a strong case to obtain the best possible results. Our Phoenix DUI car accident attorneys have helped people across the country secure the compensation they deserve after an accident. Let our team help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Contact our drunk driving accident attorneys today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a consultation!

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