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Understanding Your Rights under Dram Shop Laws

Alcohol intoxication impairs coordination and judgment. Drunk driving is not only dangerous, but it shows reckless disregard for the safety of others on the roadways. Ironically drunk drivers tend to escape crashes with fewer injuries than the victims of their reckless conduct. Because drunk driving is considered reckless conduct in North Carolina, contributory negligence is not a defense in a lawsuit over a wreck caused by a drunk driver.

Sometimes there is more than one person responsible for a drunk driving crash, such as when a bar or restaurant serves alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated. These types of cases are called Dram Shop cases. The laws that forbid serving alcohol to individuals who are intoxicated are called “dram shop” laws, using the old term that refers to bars and taverns.

Understanding Your Rights under Dram Shop Laws

Drunk driving cases sometimes focus on the establishment or person who served someone who is intoxicated and likely to drive. Because of this, the circumstances of how someone becomes intoxicated and gets behind the wheel are always important to consider and investigate.

Both North Carolina and South Carolina prohibit service of alcohol to people who are intoxicated. Whenever there is a collision caused by an impaired driver, there should always be an investigation into whether the impaired driver was enabled by an establishment that serves alcohol.

Injured by a drunk driver? We can help. Contact Charles G. Monnett III & Associates at (704) 859-2003 to speak to our Charlotte drunk driving injury lawyers during a free initial consultation.

What to Do If You've Been Injured by a Drunk Driver

If you or a loved one has been injured by an impaired driver, please contact us and let us investigate whether any responsibility lies with a business establishment or private party host for serving alcohol to the impaired driver. We can also assist you if you or a loved one suffered alcohol poisoning and related injuries as a result of being over-served. Our Charlotte drunk driving injury attorneys have years of combined experience and an extensive record of success in complex personal injury cases. We are prepared to help you seek the fair and just recovery you are owed.

Call our office at (704) 859-2003 or contact us online to get started with a free consultation.

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